A mother who put her ex-partner “through hell” with false rape and assault allegations has been sentenced to more than three years in prison at Northampton Crown Court.
Sinead Nelson, 28, from Irthlingborough, repeatedly claimed she was raped and assaulted by her former partner and received malicious messages.
Her false accusations led to him being arrested and interrogated four times by two different police forces.
The emotional distress he felt from her false accusations caused him to lose his home, his job, his friendships and the support of his family.
In his victim impact statement, he said Nelson had previously threatened to destroy his life and, in his view, she had succeeded.
Sinead Nelson, 28, also known as Kylie Howard, made false rape and assault allegations against her former partner
On September 11, 2020, she reported to police that her ex-partner had contacted her via Snapchat and threatened to rape and kill her and threaten her children.
Less than a month later, Nelson, also known as Kylie Howard, made a second report to Northamptonshire Police, claiming the same man had threatened to kill her again.
She told officers he sent her a photo of her home and said he was going to show up there to rape her and burn her alive.
Police immediately arrested her ex-partner, killed Nelson as an emergency and gave her a new phone.
But her lies finally came to light when it became clear that the picture of her house, which her ex had allegedly sent her, had actually been removed from property website Zoopla.
Officers then discovered that not only had she sent the threatening Snapchat messages to herself, but she had made two complaints about her ex to the Metropolitan Police in July and August 2020, while she was living in London.
Nelson admitted one charge of intent to pervert the course of public justice, namely making false accusations and destroying evidence in connection with a police investigation between July 9 and November 6, 2020.
Northampton Crown Court, where Nelson was sentenced to 37 months in prison for perverting the course of justice
Detective Constable Eleanor Hudson, of Northamptonshire Police, said: “Over five months in 2020, Sinead Nelson put her former partner through hell by claiming to be the victim of sexual violence, abuse and threats from him, when in reality they were for her was responsible.” Fake accounts are using his name and hacking into his emails to send themselves abusive and threatening messages.
“These included shocking threats of violent rape, grievous bodily harm, arson and child destruction and also appeared to indicate stalking.”
“As a result, Nelson was initially treated as a high-risk victim of domestic violence and was at serious risk of murder, resulting in urgent safeguarding measures being taken.”
“However, it wasn’t long before we found digital and physical evidence that proved this man could not be responsible for the things she claimed, and her lies about him began to unravel – but not before he had been exposed .” stressful experience of being arrested and interrogated on four separate occasions.
“In his victim impact statement, the man described the terrible impact this all had on him, including significant emotional distress over what he was accused of, the loss of friendships and family support as a result, the need to leave home, and Loss.” his job – all against the backdrop of Covid, which further exacerbated his isolation.
“He told us that Nelson had threatened to destroy his life and, in his opinion, she had succeeded.”
“I sincerely hope that now that she has admitted her guilt and been sentenced to prison, he can continue to move forward into a more positive future.”