Teenager Who Trolled Herself To Frame Ex-Boyfriend Has Been Jailed
A teenager who trolled herself on social media in order to frame her ex-boyfriend has been jailed.
The 18-year-old also said she was being watched. However, investigators discovered she had been sending the abusive messages to herself through fake accounts in a bid to frame her ex.
Last month, she admitted two charges of perverting the course of justice at Warwick Crown Court and yesterday (Wednesday) she was jailed for eight months.
The court heard that Crothers made seven complaints to police last July, but after it transpired the ex wasn't responsible, she then tried to blame her friend Daniel Hewitt, who had helped her set up the bogus accounts.
Hewitt, 19, from Tiddington, was given a police caution after admitting his involvement.
Judge Peter Cooke described it as 'a peculiar case'.
He added: "This is serious, and I don't want to put you under any illusions about it."
After the case, a Warwickshire Police spokesperson said: "In July 2018, she made seven allegations to police that she and her family had been receiving malicious communications from social media accounts set up by an ex-boyfriend.
"The messages included threats to harm her and her family, and also implied her home was being watched.
"On one day alone, she reported she had received over 100 messages.
"During the investigation, it was found that all of the messages had actually been sent with her knowledge from a fake account, in an attempt to get revenge."
Detective Constable Sarah Niblett said Crothers had wasted 'a considerable amount of police time and resources' in her pursuit of revenge.
According to the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, she said: "This has been a complex and protracted investigation, which has demonstrated the consequences of making a false allegation to police.
"During this investigation, it was proven the defendant's allegations were malicious, in order to try and get revenge on a former partner. This unacceptable behaviour has meant a considerable amount of police time and resources - which could have been spent investigating genuine crimes - was used to look into these false accusations.
"We would like to reassure genuine victims of crime that we will investigate every report made with diligence and impartiality, and would always encourage those who have a been a victim of an offence to please come forward and report it."
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