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Woman sent to prison following false rape claim

PolicePhillipa Alice Costello, aged 28-years, from Ivy House in Dishforth near Thirsk, has been sentenced by Teeside Crown Court to 8-months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice.

On 12 April 2012 Phillipa Costello made a report to the police that she had been raped in Ripon. On 28 May 2012 she admitted to police that she had lied about the incident.

On the 28 May 2013 she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice through making the false report.

She was bailed until Monday, 24 June 2013 when Teeside Crown Court handed down an 8-month sentence.

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