A "cunning" ex-girlfriend who created a "web of poisonous deceit" to get her ex-boyfriend locked up has been jailed for 10 months.
Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth created up to 30 fake Instagram accounts in a bid to frame her former partner Louis Jolly for the "vile" threats that she had actually sent to herself.
The teenager, who used to work for courier firm DHL, reported him for a series of allegations which included physical abuse and provided images of damaged property to claim that he had put a brick through her nan's window.
She even went as far as to say that he threatened to stab her and told her: "She is getting a f***ing blade in her chest."
The teen made 10 police statements claiming Mr Jolly was harassing and stalking her, leading to him being arrested six times and spending a total of 81 hours in custody, including being remanded overnight.
He was charged with assault and stalking, hit with a stalking protection order, bailed on a home curfew with an electronic tag, and even lost his job, reports Liverpool Echo.
Mr Jolly, 22, said they were together for two years but split up on "okay terms" in October 2019, before Ireland-Ainsworth started seeing a new boyfriend, a man called Declan Rice.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Ireland-Ainsworth, now 20, of Brackendale, Runcorn, then began her "deliberate and malevolent lies".
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Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, 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.
Her 10 police statements led to Mr Jolly repeatedly being arrested between September 5 and December 14 despite him maintaining his innocence.
Detectives requested data from Facebook, which owns Instagram, but Mr Blasbery said "this data took some time to be released to the police".
Mr Jolly was hit with an interim stalking protection order on December 4, and bailed for six weeks with an electronically tagged home curfew, between 7pm and 7am daily.
Ireland-Ainsworth accused him of breaching the order and her mum called the police on December 13 to report this.
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However, when police received the data from Facebook, it showed at least 17 Instagram accounts created using two of Ireland-Ainsworth's email addresses and IP addresses connected to her home and mobile phone.
She was arrested and interviewed on December 12, 2020, when she confessed, before the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued stalking and assault allegations against Mr Jolly.
Jim Smith, defending, said his client was 19 at the time, immature and diagnosed as suffering from "complex" post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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He said a psychiatrist found her offending could be "partly understood" in the context of her mental health problems and difficulty in "managing intimate personal relationships".
Ireland-Ainsworth admitted perverting the course of justice.
Recorder Harris told Ireland-Ainsworth he was going to send her to prison, as she started crying in the dock.
He said: "You created an entirely fictional but superficially credible web of poisonous deceit for over five months."
He reduced Ireland-Ainsworth's sentence because of her mental health difficulties and gave her full credit for her guilty plea.
Locking her up for 10 months and handing her a 10-year restraining order, he added: "I extend considerable sympathy to the Jolly family for what they have had to suffer at your hands."
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