A young lady identified as Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth has been sentenced to jail after she framed her boyfriend in an effort to get him imprisoned.
A court has heard how she created up to 30 false Instagram profiles and lied to the police that her ex-partner, Louis Jolly was behind the threat messages.
The lady, who was then 19, created up to 30 false profiles then alleged he threatened to stab her and warned: âShe is getting a f***ing blade in her chestâ, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Ireland-Ainsworth, now aged 20, also made 10 police statements accusing boyfriend, Louis of harassing and stalking her.
The boyfriend was arrested six times and spent 81 hours in custody, including being remanded overnight.
Louis was charged with assault and stalking, given a stalking protection order, bailed on a home curfew with an electronic tag, and even lost his job.
The boyfriend, Louis, 22, said they were together for two years but split up on âokay termsâ in October 2019.
The girl then started dating a man named Declan Rice.
Paul Blasbery, prosecuting lawyer said she made numerous calls to police from July 15 to December 13, 2020 and provided screenshots of messages and the names of Instagram accounts, which she attributed to her victim.
Louis maintained his innocence as the court heard the defendant accused him of calling from withheld numbers, stalking her, her friends and new partner, filming her walking down the street and sending her the video, verbally and physically abusing her, making false claims she used cocaine, smashing items in her house, putting a brick through her nanâs window and threatening to stab her and her boyfriend.
Court recorder, Harris said: âYou stated after he had been arrested the stalking became worse.
âYou provided images of damage to property and you yourself, as to where you said he knifed you with a Stanley knife, and there was a scar on your chest.â
Detectives had requested data from Facebook, which owns Instagram, and it showed that at least 17 Instagram accounts were created using two of Ireland-Ainsworthâs email addresses and IP addresses connected to her home and mobile phone.
She was arrested and interviewed in December 2020, when she confessed.
Mr Blasbery said: âShe attempted to minimise during that interview what she had done. She eventually admitted it.
âShe 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.â
Ireland-Ainsworth, who had no previous convictions, admitted perverting the course of justice.
Jim Smith, the defending lawyer, said his client was 19 at the time, immature and diagnosed as suffering from âcomplexâ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
âShe would have handled that breakdown [in the relationship] substantially differently than any other individual who was not subject to a mental disorder.â
Smith said Ireland-Ainsworth worked at DHL Supply Chain and was a âvery respected member of that teamâ and âloved and respectedâ by family and friends.
âThe defendant and her family are truly sorry for what has occurred in this case.â
Recorder Harris continued to tell Ireland-Ainsworth: âYou in my judgement involved your boyfriend Declan Rice and your mother and grandmother in making statements to the policeâ¦ you involved them in your dishonesty.â
âI find a lot of thought and planning went into this criminal enterprise, which had hallmarks of sophistication and cunning about it.
âEven after you were arrested and charged, you continued to make derogatory assertions against Mr Jolly.â
She has now been imprisoned for 10 months and got a 10-year restraining order.