Student faces prison if found guilty of false rape claim

Otherwise, the DPP has decided, she will have to go on trial before a judge and jury in the circuit court, which has much tougher sentencing powers and could impose a possible five-year jail term.

Regina Thais De Oliveira (20), who had been living at Cabra Park in Dublin, but now has an address in Blackrock, was charged last month with making a false statement to officers at Mountjoy garda station on August 25 last.

The English language student has not yet indicated how she will plead. She spent five days in prison on remand before she was able to take up bail which had been set at €1,000 .

Yesterday, she made her fourth appearance at Dublin District Court where Judge Anthony Halpin heard that directions have been obtained in relation to the magnitude and gravity of the offence.

"The DPP has directed summary disposal on a guilty plea in this court," said Det Garda Kevin Keyes.

Defence solicitor Peter Keatings said he has not yet obtained disclosure of the prosecution's evidence and he asked the judge to order investigating gardai to hand over video-taped interviews and "any other statements".

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