A MUSLIM woman sentenced to six months' jail for making a deliberately false statement that a racist policeman tried to forcibly remove her burka has been freed on appeal.
Judge Clive Jeffreys said he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt it was Carnita Matthews, a 47-year-old Muslim woman from Woodbine, NSW, who accused the police of racism because the person who handed in the complaint to police was wearing a burka at the time.
To reach the level of proof of identity to prove the case, it appears Mrs Matthews would have been required to identify herself by lifting her burka at the police station to prove her identity - which is what started the uproar in the first case.
More than a dozen Muslim supporters linked arms and began chanting "Allah Uh Ahkbar" as they stormed out of Downing Centre, Sydney, with Mrs Matthews concealed behind them.
Tempers soon rose and they began jostling with police after several members of the group began attacking TV cameramen.
Mrs Matthew's lawyer Stephen Hopper defended them, saying: "They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them".
Judge Jeffreys concluded yesterday that even if it was Mrs Matthews who made the complaint, he could not be sure she knew it was a "false" statement.
Mrs Matthews originally made the claim in her court appearance last year, saying police could not prove it was her behind the burka when the complaint was handed in to police, but the local magistrate rejected it on that occasion.
It had been alleged that in June she was pulled over for a random breath test, yet accused Sgt Kearney of racism only after he booked her for failing to properly display her P-plates.
The alleged incident was captured on a video camera within the patrol car and helped clear Sgt Kearney, prompting calls for all police cars to carry in-built cameras to avoid false claims.
"I've got my P-plates on my car ... there was nothing wrong with how they were displayed," Mrs Matthews allegedly says on the video.
"You look at me and see me wearing this and you couldn't handle it.
"All cops are racist."
Hours after the booking, a complaint was handed in to police by a woman in a burka accompanied by a man in a brown suit.
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A touchy subject, but to be quite frank it's due to cases like this where the the Burka should be banned. If anyone is not happy with that, they're more than welcome to leave to a country where it is legal.