-  # Darren Michael Costello
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Darren Michael Costello
Age: 43 yrs old (2015)
State: QLD - Inala/ Goodna/ Deception Bay
Sentenced in the Brisbane District Court in Dec 1996 to 13 yrs jail.
Was released from jail on the 7-12-2010.
Pleaded guilty to RAPE/ assault..Victim was a 14 yr old girl (Rachael).
Rachael was followed after a
night out skating and savagely attacked and raped by Costello.
Rachael later committed suicide in Dec 1996 aged just 15...
Costello was already on parole for robbing and
attacking a pregnant woman (with a baseball bat in her own home),
at the time of the attack on Rachael.
Youth Suicide/ Prevention.
The Judge at the time
said,"In my opinion he presents a significant danger when living at large
in the community....." - Costello was released from jail on the 7-12-2010.
Darren Michael Costello
Rapist blames ankle monitor for low self-esteem and social phobia
A violent rapist whose 14-year-old victim took her own life after the attack has asked to remove
his electronic ankle bracelet because it’s embarrassing and has hurt his confidence.
Darren Michael Costello, 43, says wearing the monitor makes him feel “uncomfortable, paranoid,
uneasy and anxious ... with everyone knowing my personal business”.
“I feel the monitoring device is an obstacle and barrier in my way from (sic) being able to try
and live a normal life and engage with people.
“I am very uncomfortable by (sic) the noise it creates and am paranoid that everybody knows that
I have a monitoring device.”
The bracelet alerts corrective services staff to his movements.
Costello applied to the Queensland Supreme Court on December 19 for the right to take the device
off, saying he doesn’t want people “asking questions” when his monitor beeps.
He served a 13-year jail sentence for raping the young schoolgirl in November 1995 while he was
on parole for attempting to rob a nine-month pregnant woman with a baseball bat.
He stalked the girl as she left a skating rink in the southwestern Brisbane suburb of Inala,
attacking her as she took a shortcut beside a creek.
The girl hanged herself a year after the attack, just days before Costello was due in court
where he pleaded guilty.
Since his release four years ago he has been watched carefully by a parole officer.
In 2012 he received three “contravention notices” after he either took his monitor off, or
was late reporting to authorities.
Read More -
The Courier-Mail (19-1-2015)
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Attacker's release from prison upsets rape victim's mum
The mother of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life after being raped has expressed concerns at the release of the girl's attacker today.
However, after examining all the evidence a judge found Darren Michael Costello should be allowed back into the community but under strict monitoring conditions.
Costello has spent nearly 15 years in jail for the rape and other offences committed in the mid-1990s.
He will be released today on a strict supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
A letter written by the mother of the victim expressing concern about the release was tendered to a Supreme Court hearing in which the Attorney-General Cameron Dick applied for an order under the Act.
However, after taking other evidence, including reports from three psychiatrists, Justice Debbie Mullins agreed to release Costello, now 39, under a strict supervision order.
Justice Mullins said she had great sympathy for the victim's mother but had to take into account all of the evidence, some of which did not support the mother's worries.
She said psychiatric evidence showed Costello, who had a low IQ, was not a pedophile but steps had to be put in place to ensure Costello did not use drugs or alcohol.
Justice Mullins said she believed Costello would be a danger to the community if he was released without a supervision order.
Costello was jailed for 13 years in December 1996 but did not begin his sentence until January 1998 because he was on parole for other offences when he attacked the teenager.
In the District Court in Brisbane, Costello pleaded guilty to rape, disabling with intent to commit a crime, indecent assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.
The hearing was told the girl hanged herself three days after the attack.
She had taken a shortcut through a creek bed to meet friends who lived near the Inala skating rink, in Brisbane's southwest, when attacked by Costello.
At the time, the judge lifted the usual restriction on the naming of rape victims at the request of her family.
However, Queenland's laws have since changed again meaning the victim can't be named.
Costello had a criminal history for violence including the sentence he was serving on parole at the time of the attack.
Parole was recommended for 2004 but Costello did not receive it and served his entire sentence.
Justice Mullins ordered the supervision continue until 2020.
The Courier Mail (7-12-2010)
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