A WOMAN who claimed that a Primark security guard in a Leicester store assaulted her whilst she was breastfeeding her baby has appeared in court.
Caroline Starmer, 28, of Leicester, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with intent to pervert the course of public justice.
She claimed on Facebook and then in the press that a security guard forcibly removed her baby from her whilst she was breastfeeding in the store on Monday, July 13.
Ms Starmer also made an allegation of assault to police.
In court on Monday, Starmer spoke only to confirm her name and address.
The case will be sent to crown court and she was granted conditional bail.
Primark deny that the incident took place, after reviewing CCTV footage from the time the alleged incident is to have taken place.
The retailer stated that no evidence had been established to prove that Starmer was approached and said the security guards on duty did not fit the description given by the customer.
Starmer wrote her complaint on the breastfeeding campaign Free to Feed’s Facebook page last month.
At the time, The Free to Feed group responded: “This is absolutely disgusting. Primark sort it out!! This woman deserves more than a public apology! I actually feel sick with rage.”
Starmer’s allegations have since appeared in several national news publications.
She will appear at Leicester Crown Court on September 22.