Between Jannuary and March 2016, A Costin (above) accused three men of rape and a fourth man of physical assault.
She told police how one of the men raped her on the carpet of her home after taking her clothes off. The man was arrested but released after police managed to confirm his alibi. However, Costin then made another allegation against the man, this time claiming that he had sexually assaulted her by grabbing her breasts. Once again, the man was arrested but released after proving a compelling alibi… He was on holiday at the time. Unfortunately, the man also suffered from learning difficulties which made the allegations even harder on him as a victim of Costin’s lies.
The second man who was accused by Costin, similarily raped her in her own home. She claimed that he ‘forced her onto the sofa and pulled down her clothes and raped her’. Police were able to prove that the man was watching TV at home at the time of the alleged attack. Again, Costin brought another false claim of rape against the man, but this time he was able to prove that he was eating a take-away dinner at home at the time of the alleged second attack.
The third alleged attack followed a similar pattern and all three men said the allegations had affected their relationships with women and led to them suffering abuse, lost sleep and needing medication. One of them was left traumatized by the accusation as he too has mental health problems.
Costin, who has previous convictions mostly involving harassment, has self-harm issues going back to childhood and suffers from ADHD, autistic spectrum disorder and borderline personality disorder.
The case was referred to the Appeal Court after a lawyer from the Attorney General, James Wright QC, attacked her previous sentence of three years community service as being ‘unduly lenient’.
“In light of her [Costin] guilty pleas and a very substantial personal mitigation we will reduce that figure [six years] to four years” – Lady Justice Hallett.
So because some nutjob accuses three men of rape and one of physical assault, the men accused have their lives and reputations ruined and all she gets is four years? Do you really think these men will be seen as innocent? People always believe the bad stuff and society has the view that if you’re arrested then you must have committed the crime, not that some deluded psycho has lied for god knows whatever reason.
And surely if Costin has mental health problems then she should be put into a mental hospital rather than a prison? She needs medical help to manage her mental health otherwise she is never going to change. She needs coaching on what is appropriate in society and taught that lying about rape is not acceptable.
Women, like Costin, who lie about being raped make it so much more difficult for genuine victims to prove their case in court. It also makes it virtually impossible for the police and the legal system to believe Costin if she ever was to be raped. And she only has herself to blame.
The sentence may not be up to much but alas justice has been done. And I can only hope that the men falsely accused can, with time, get their lives back on track and put this sordid ordeal behind them.