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A woman who made numerous false allegations of domestic violence
against her boyfriend has pleaded guilty to five perjury
21-year-old Makaela Bacon contacted police throughout 2020 which
resulted in Bryce Cadby, who only has the use of half of his body,
being arrested twice.
She claimed that he sexually assaulted her, attacked her with a
weapon and threatened to kill her.
The case has been adjourned to 13 September for a pre-sentence
report to determine her suitability for a Community Corrections
Order, which she can serve in the community.
False Domestic Violence Charges
The court heard that Ms Bacon told police that while she was at
Cadby’s house, she refused to take things further sexually with
She claimed that he then dragged her upstairs and sexually
assaulted her. Sentencing statistics for the offence of
sexual intercourse without consent show that a term of
full-time gaol is almost always imposed.
It was alleged that he placed his hands around her neck and
shortly afterwards she blacked out.
At a later date, she made a more detailed police statement.
There, Bacon stated that her boyfriend pushed her down a set of
stairs after she had told him she wanted to take a break from the
In total, Bacon made eight separate false police reports between
February and March 2020.
However, officers became suspicious about her story after she
provided them with text message screenshots. She claimed the
messages were from her boyfriend and set out the alleged sexual
Police noticed inconsistencies and were able to ascertain that
Bacon had sent the text messages to herself using a fake
She was subsequently charged with the offence
of perjury after officers determined that she had made false
domestic violence allegations.
Mental Health Condition Raised
Makaela Bacon’s criminal lawyer told the court that she was
remorseful and that the offending was due to her mental health
condition. It was suggested that she was “clearly was not
thinking things through in a calm and measured way.”
However, the prosecution noted that the offender’s actions
were premeditated, harmful to the man and caused the diversion of
important police resources on multiple occasions.
It was argued that Bacon was now engaged in mental health
treatment and was no longer a risk to the community. This, along
with the mental health considerations formed the basis for the
request for a sentence other than full time imprisonment.
Judge Peter Rozen ordered a pre-sentence report to assess
Bacon’s suitability for a community corrections order. If this
was imposed she would avoid jail.
The matter returns to court for sentencing on 13 September.
Perjury is the offence of knowingly making a false statement on
oath in connection with any judicial proceeding. It is contained in
Section 327 of the Crimes Act 1900.
The false statement can be made in oral evidence or in
To prove perjury, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable
- A person made a false statement; and
- The statement was on oath; and
- The statement was in connection with a judicial
If any of these elements are not made out, then the person will
be found ‘not guilty’.
The maximum punishment for perjury is 10 years’
for domestic violence charges note that allegations of perjury
commonly occur in these types of cases. However, it has
historically been difficult to prove. Authorities today are far
better equipped to catch these offences. This is because advances
in technology and the movement to online systems allow tracking of
Despite this there have been a number of recent examples of
serious charges being dismissed after an accused retains
leading criminal lawyers. Call Astor Legal on (02) 7804 2823.
Or, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are defences to perjury:
- Intention: If the person who made the false statement was not
aware the statement was false, or did not intend to mislead the
- Honest and reasonable mistake: If the false statement was made
based on an honest and reasonable mistake.
- The statement was not material to the proceedings: It is a
defence if the false statement was not material to the proceeding.
This means that the outcome of the case was not affected by the
- Duress: where a person is forced into making a false statement
by other people.
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