A jealous girlfriend who posed as fake police officers for more than two years – to control her ex-boyfriend and ban him from seeing other women – has been jailed.
21-year-old Lauren Adderley used ‘sophisticated catfish style behaviour’ to convince her former partner, 22-year-old Mitchell Lloyd, he was part of a police investigation.
She made her ex-boyfriend believe he was subject to curfews, which restricted him from going to certain places and ‘completely ruined’ his social life.
Lauren posed as various officers to stop Mitchell from seeing his own friends as well as other girls, even threatening him with legal action if he didn’t comply.
She also pretended to be her own friends and would chastise him for seeing women when he tried to start up new relationships.
A court heard how Lauren – who lost her job on Thursday – had entered into a brief sexual relationship with Mitchell in September 2014.
When he broke it off just two months later, this was the point Lauren told him she had previously been the victim of a crime.
She asked Mitchell whether he’d be willing to provide a statement, at which point she started to take on the persona of police officer ‘Robert Hay’.
Between December 2014 and February 13 2017, Lauren persistently contacted Mitchell, using three email addresses belonging to fictional officers, as well as creating two fake Facebook profiles pretending to be her own friends.
When Mr Lloyd started seeing a colleague, Lauren grabbed a pair of scissors and told him:
She would kill herself, and it would be his fault.
Mitchell was left feeling ‘terrorised’, and became ‘isolated from his friends and depressed’.
He eventually went to the police in February this year after confiding in work mates and genuine officers were immediately able to deduce the e-mails were fake, and traced them back to Lauren.
21-year-old Lauren, from Shropshire, admitted to impersonating a police officer and stalking and was jailed for nine months.
She was also barred from seeing her victim and told she could only use the internet on a device which could not delete internet history.
Sentencing, Recorder Peter Rouch QC, said:
I do not know what was going through your mind in December 2014 but a that time you decided to deliberately adopt the persona of a police officer to contact Mitchell Lloyd.
For two years you controlled Mitchell Lloyd’s life, to the extent that you told him where he could go and who he could go out with.
Mitchell Lloyd was told that if he did not abide by what he was being told to do that there would sanctions of around £3,000 for him to pay.
In his victim impact statement he said that he felt pressurised, blackmailed and had no freedom for two years.
Paul Smith, defending, added:
Perhaps the key point in mitigation other than the early plea is her age. She was 18 when the offences began back in 2014.
She has no previous convictions and has taken full responsibility for what she did.
Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor and Domestic Abuse Lead with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:
Lauren Adderley created a complicated fiction of multiple fake profiles interacting with each other to her own satisfaction and reason.
She used this sophisticated catfish style behaviour to completely manipulate the victim’s life, dictating when he could go out, where he could go and controlled his social interaction with other people for over two years.SWNS
The impact her actions had on the victim’s life cannot be understated and I would like to pay tribute to him for helping bring Adderley to justice.