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False profiles Woman who used fake social media accounts to frame ex-boyfriend for stalking jailed

She also claimed that he threatened to stab her

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Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth

Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth

Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth

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

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth created up to 30 false profiles to send herself “vile” messages.

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

The 20-year-old reported her ex for allegedly threatening to stab her after her new boyfriend received a message warning: “She is getting a f***ing blade in her chest.”

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

Her reports lead to him being arrested six times, spending 81 hours in custody and losing his job.

He was also served with a stalking protection order and bailed on a home curfew with an electronic tag.

The couple were together for two years, with Louis Jolly stating that the pair split on “okay terms” in October 2019.

The court heard that once she began dating a new man, her “deliberate and malevolent lies” began.

She also provided screenshots of messages and the names of Instagram accounts, which she attributed to her ex-boyfriend.

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

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

Other alleged incidents include how he smashed items 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 images to police showing damage to her property and herself.

Police were given a picture of a scar on her chest where she said she had been “knifed” with a Stanley knife.

After the threat, police requested data from Instagram, and while they were waiting for the information, Jolly was given bail for six weeks and put on an electronically tagged house arrest between 7pm and 7am daily.

When detectives received the data from Instagram, it proved that at least 17 of the social media accounts were created using two of Ireland-Ainsworth's email addresses, her mobile number, and they were connected to her home IP address.

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

“She attempted to minimise during that interview what she had done. She eventually admitted it,” Prosecutor Paul Blasbery said.

“She stated her ex-boyfriend Mr Jolly was hassling her, but in order to make the police believe it she sent false messages to the police so that they would take it seriously.”

“You created an entirely fictional but superficially credible web of poisonous deceit 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 hit with a 10-year restraining order forbidding her from making contact with her victim.

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