A pregnant woman who lied to police that she was expecting a child while she was actually having an abortion was found guilty of perjury and conspiracy and fined by a Brisbane court.
The 33-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police she was pregnant but told them she was having an emergency caesarean.
In February this year, the Brisbane Magistrates Court heard she lied to the police after she told them that she wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret.
In March, the woman, from Port Stephens, pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined $30,000.
She told the court she had given birth to her second child but could not tell anyone about the pregnancy until the birth was over and that she had been in a “very difficult” and “unhealthy” relationship.
The woman was arrested in March this year and was charged with perjury and false statement.
She was released on bail pending sentencing on March 15.
A lawyer for the woman told the Brisbane Herald the woman had told the police she had “been pregnant” for about a month.
The magistrate was not swayed by the woman’s claim, telling the court it was not unusual for a pregnant woman to lie about their pregnancy.
She said the woman would be remanded in custody until her sentencing.
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