A mother who made her ex-partner live “through hell” with false allegations of rape and assault has been jailed for more than three years at Northampton Crown Court.
Sinead Nelson, 28, from Irthlingborough repeatedly claimed she was raped, assaulted and received malicious messages from her former partner.
His false allegations led to him being arrested and questioned four times by two different police forces.
The emotional distress he felt because of his 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 opinion she had succeeded.
Sinead Nelson, 28, also known as Kylie Howard, made false allegations of rape and assault against her former partner.
On September 11, 2020, she reported to police that her ex-partner contacted her on Snapchat and threatened to rape and kill her, as well as threaten her children.
Not even a month later, Nelson, also known as Kylie Howard, made a second complaint to Northamptonshire Police, alleging the same man had threatened to kill her again.
She told police he had sent her a photo of his house and was going to go there to rape her and burn her alive.
The police immediately arrested his ex-partner, urgently rehoused Nelson and gave him a new phone.
But her lies were finally exposed when it became clear that the image of her house she claimed her ex had sent her had actually been removed from property site Zoopla.
Officers later discovered that she had not only sent herself threatening messages on Snapchat, but had made two complaints against her ex to the Metropolitan Police in July and August 2020, while living in London.
Nelson admitted one charge of intending to pervert the course of public justice, namely making false allegations and destroying evidence relating to a police investigation between July 9 and November 6, 2020.
Northampton Crown Court, where Nelson was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment for perverting the course of public justice
Detective Constable Eleanor Hudson, of Northamptonshire Police, said: “For five months in 2020, Sinead Nelson put her former partner through hell by claiming to be the victim of sexual violence, abuse and threats on her part, when in fact she had created fake accounts using her name and hacking into her email to send abusive and threatening messages to herself.
“These included shocking threats of violent rape, serious assault, arson and destruction of children, and also appeared to indicate criminal harassment.
“As a result, Nelson was initially treated as a high-risk domestic violence victim and a serious risk of murder, which resulted in emergency protective measures being put in place.
“However, it didn’t take us long to find digital and physical evidence that proved this man couldn’t have been responsible for the things she claimed, and her lies about him began to unravel – but not before he was put to the test.” harrowing experience of being arrested and interrogated four times.
“In his victim impact statement, the man detailed the horrific impact this all had on him, including considerable emotional distress at what he had been accused of, loss of friendships and family support as a result , having to leave his home and losing his job – all against the backdrop of Covid, which further exacerbated his isolation.
“He told us that Nelson had threatened to destroy her life and, according to him, she had succeeded.”
“I really hope that now that she has admitted her guilt and been sentenced to prison, he can continue to move forward towards a more positive future.”