A jealous girlfriend has been jailed after she posed as a fake police officer for more than two years to control her ex-boyfriend.
Lauren Adderley, 21, used ‘sophisticated catfish style behaviour’ to convince her former partner Mitchell Lloyd, 22, he was part of a police investigation.
She made him believe he was subject to curfews, which restricted him from going to certain places and seeing other women.
The court heard that it ‘completely ruined’ his social life.
Adderley pretended to be various officers to stop him from seeing his own friends as well as other girls and threatened him with legal action if he did not comply.
She harassed her former partner and controlled his life by placing made up bail conditions and curfews.
She would also pretend to be her own friends and chastise him for seeing women when he tried to start up new relationships.
A court heard the former administrations assistant – who lost her job on Thursday – had entered into a brief sexual relationship with Mr Lloyd in September 2014.
But he broke it off two months later at which point she told him she had previously been the victim of a crime.
She asked whether he would be willing to provide a statement on the offence, at which point she started to take on the persona of the police officer ‘Robert Hay’.
Between December 2014 and February 13 this year, Adderley persistently contacted her victim using three email addresses belonging to fictional officers.
She also created two fake Facebook accounts pretending to be her own friends, and used them to repeatedly criticise him for engaging in relationships with other girls.
At one stage, when Mr Lloyd started seeing a colleague from the store he worked at, Adderley grabbed a pair of scissors and told him: ‘That she would kill herself, and it would be his fault’.
The next day, a fake officer told him to immediately end the relationship, before Laura herself texted him to say: ‘No one can ever love you like I love you x.’
Her former lover said he was left feeling ‘terrorised’, and became ‘isolated from his friends and depressed’.
He eventually went to the police in February of this year after confiding in work mates.
Adderley, of Telford, Shropshire, admitted to impersonating a police officer and stalking.
She was jailed for nine months at Shrewsbury Crown Court today.
She was also barred from seeing her victim and told she could only use the internet on a device that could not delete internet history.
Dafydd Roberts, prosecuting, told the court the couple met through mutual friends following a night out in Shrewsbury.
He added: ‘They were in a sexual relationship, and would occasionally meet with one another.
‘He felt uncomfortable with that, and in December 2014 said that he did not want to meet up with her again, effectively ending the relationship.
‘At that point she disclosed that she had been the victim of an offence and asked for his support.
‘He agreed, and shortly afterwards he received an email from a Robert Hay, who was supposedly a family friend and a police officer.
‘He provided him a statement by return email.
‘But at a work Christmas party in December 2014, he walked home with a female colleague. He was attracted to her.
‘Laura Adderley was upset by this.
‘The next day, he received an email from ‘Robert Hay’ asking why he had made Laura Adderley upset. This was a pattern of behaviour that continued.
‘It extended to the fictional Robert Hay listing a number of public houses that he could not attend.
‘He was barred from going to these places on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, effectively ruining his social life.
‘He abided by this, believing that it was a legitimate order, due to the official wording and the formal terms used.
‘He was also banned from speaking to certain female work colleagues.
‘This police officer, who we know to be Laura Adderley, also prevented him from seeing a number of close friends, mostly women.
‘On one occasion, Mr Mitchell wanted to take own mother and his young daughter out for lunch.
‘They attended a public house together. However, he received an email from Robert Hay saying that he was breaking an order by doing so, and was threatened with a sanction.
‘He was told that he could be fined around £3,000 for wasting police time, and that he would be fined around £15,000 if Laura Adderley’s case did not succeed.’
The court was told that after a while Mr Lloyd received an email from another police officer, ‘Darren Clarke’.
The officer claimed they had taken over the case due to Robert Hay’s personal connection to Ms Adderley, and the same pattern continued.
Another fictitious person, ‘Elaine Thomas’ who was supposedly a senior police officer, then took over the case.
Genuine officers were immediately able to deduce that the emails were fake, and traced them back to Adderley.