Nurse jailed after she lied to police that her grandfather had raped her when she was a child to try to get her inheritance early
Natalie Mortimer, 25, falsely told police her grandfather abused her
She was due to share inheritance from Gordon Ritchie with her half-sister
But she thought if he went to jail she would get all the money
Mortimer jailed for 22 months for 'truly evil' crime
Daily Mail - 7 January 2014
A nurse has been jailed after falsely accusing her grandfather of rape in a bid to claim inheritance money.
Natalie Mortimer, 25, told police she had been sexually abused by her grandfather as a child.
But her mother began to have doubts about the story and the nurse eventually admitted that she had made it up. She had previously been told that she and her half-sister would be entitled to a share of inheritance money from her grandfather, Gordon Ritchie. However, she believed that she would get all the cash if her grandfather was sent to prison.
The police were told that the story had been fabricated and she was charged with wasting police time. Mortimer was told that she had committed a ‘truly evil’ crime when she was jailed for 22 months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
Sheriff Graeme Buchanan told her: ‘False allegations of rape and other sexual offences are very serious because they put doubts in the minds of jurors in genuine cases and they subject innocent people such as Mr Ritchie to a terrifying ordeal of suspicion and investigation by police.
‘What you did to Mr Ritchie was truly evil and despicable and there is only one appropriate sentence for this behaviour and that is imprisonment.’ Mortimer, of Aberdeen, lodged a complaint with police about her grandfather on various occasions between August 2012 and March last year. She falsely claimed she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped by Mr Ritchie, wasting 175 hours of police time – at a cost of more than £3,000. The nurse had been living with her grandfather and grandmother until July 2011. But she packed her bags and moved to London, then went to a police station in Chiswick the following year to make the allegations. Mortimer claimed to have been raped by Mr Ritchie over two years when she was at primary school.
The former foster carer had to cut his holiday short and was asked not to have any contact with children under 16. Previous foster children who had been in his care were also questioned. Officers were told she had lied after Mortimer confessed to her mother, Susan Simpson, who contacted the police.