Woman jailed after falsely accusing her grandfather of rape to inherit his money earlyBy Mason White 11:30 AM August 29, 2014
By: Sanvi Rizvi
A woman was jailed after she accused her grandfather of raping her when she was a child.
Natalie Mortimer, 25, was ordered to serve 22 months in prison after being found guilty of filing a false police report.
Police spent over 170 hours investigating the claims that her grandfather, Gordon Ritchie of Scotland, sexually abused her.
Now, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London, voted to fire Mortimer, who worked as a nurse, after she was jailed for falsely accusing her grandfather of rape.
The 25-year-old woman was jailed after the Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how the grandfather was falsely accused of raping his granddaughter when she was a child so she could get her hands on inheritance money.
She finally admitted that she had made up the sexual assault claims, but only after her innocent grandfather had spent time in jail over the accusations.
Mortimer was living with her grandfather and grandmother until she moved to London to work as a nurse.
Her grandparents used to be foster parents to other children. Police interviewed those children, who are now adults, and none of them have been mistreated or sexually abused in any way.
When first contacted by police, Ritchie was on vacation with Mortimer’s 15-year-old half-sister. He was forced to cut short the vacation after he was banned from having contact with children under 16 years old.
The false police report wasted many of hours of police time and cost taxpayers more than $4,000.
His attorney, Lynne Freeland, said that her client is now aware that his granddaughter is greedy, selfish and cruel.