Caroline Starmer given suspended sentence for false Primark breastfeeding allegation

03/12/2015

A Leicestershire woman who made false allegations about an assault in a Leicester store pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice has today been handed a suspended sentence.

In July 2015, Caroline Starmer made the claim that she had been breast feeding her child in Primark in Leicester, when a security guard challenged her and forcibly took the baby from her. Ms Starmer allowed her false account to be discussed widely on social media and tried to sell her story to the national press.

More seriously, she reported the incident to the police, triggering an investigation into the actions of the security guard. Ms Starmer stuck to her allegations when questioned again, before finally admitting that she had fabricated the story.

She was charged with perverting the course of justice and sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "To make an allegation that someone has committed a criminal offence is a very serious matter. In fabricating this story and pursuing a false criminal allegation, Caroline Starmer caused a great deal of distress to those implicated by her lies."