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Rapist blames ankle monitor for low self-esteem and social phobia
couriermail.com.au 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.
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