Woman who used fake social media accounts to accuse ex-boyfriend of stalking is jailed

A woman who used fake social media accounts to accuse her ex-boyfriend of stalking has been jailed.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth created up to 30 fake profiles to send ‘despicable’ messages to each other.

The woman later claimed to police that her former partner Louis Jolly was behind the threats.

The 20-year-old has exposed her ex for allegedly threatening to stab her after her new boyfriend received a warning message: “She’s getting a fucking blade in the chest.”

Between July 15 and December 13, 2020, Ireland-Ainsworth gave 10 statements to police claiming that Jolly was harassing and stalking her.

His reports led to him being arrested six times, spending 81 hours in police custody and losing his job.

He also received a Harassment Protection Order and was released on bail from a home curfew with an electronic tag.

The pair had been together for two years, with Louis Jolly saying the pair split on “good terms” in October 2019.

The court heard that once she started dating a new man, her “deliberate and malicious lying” began.

She also provided screenshots of posts and Instagram account names, which she attributed to her ex-boyfriend.

Ireland-Ainsworth also alleged that her ex Louis Jolly called her from blocked numbers, stalked her, her friends and her new partner.

She also alleged that he filmed her walking down the street and sent the video to her, verbally and physically assaulted her, and made false statements that she was using cocaine.

Other alleged incidents include how he smashed things in her house, put a brick through a window at her grandmother’s house and threatened to stab her and her new boyfriend.

Ireland-Ainsworth also provided police with footage showing damage to her and her property.

Police received a photo of a scar on her chest where they said she had been ‘stabbed’ with a Stanley knife.

After the threat, police requested data from Instagram, and while they waited for the information, Jolly was released on bail for six weeks and placed under electronic house arrest between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.

When detectives received the data from Instagram, it was proven that at least 17 of the social media accounts had been created using two of Ireland-Ainsworth’s email addresses, his mobile number and that they were connected to his personal IP address.

Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth was arrested on December 12, 2020 and confessed to being behind the accounts.

“She tried to minimize during this interview what she had done. She finally admitted it,” prosecutor Paul Blasbery said.

“She said her ex-boyfriend Mr Jolly was stalking her, but to make the police believe it she sent fake messages to the police so that they would take her seriously.”

“You have created an entirely fictional but superficially believable network of poisonous deception for over five months,” he added.

Ireland-Ainsworth, who had no previous convictions, admitted perverting the course of justice.

She was sentenced to 10 months in prison and slapped with a 10-year injunction prohibiting her from coming into contact with her victim.

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