‘Nasty’ woman spared jail after hijacking Alexa to terrify boyfriend’s new lover
A jealous woman has been spared jail for terrorising her ex’s new partner after taking control of his Amazon Alexa from more than 100 miles away.
Phillipa Copleston-Warren was seen smiling after being handed a suspended three month jail sentence as the judge called an element of her actions “nasty”.
The 46-year-old used her access to Alexa to control several smart devices in the former boyfriend’s home in Lincolnshire and even posted a naked photo of him on his Facebook account.
Isleworth Crown Court heard yesterday that Philippa Copleston-Warren, from London, would watch the CCTV in the house to terrify her ex’s new girlfriend by turning on lamps and shouting through the speaker.
On one occasion, she shouted: “get the wh*** out, get the wh*** out” through Alexa and would also send threatening messages via WhatsApp.
The woman reportedly fled the house sobbing due to the antics caused by her access to Alexa.
Copleston-Warren also assessed her former boyfriend’s Facebook and Match.com accounts to send messages to his new girlfriend.
She already pleaded guilty to the offence of 'disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress' when she posted a naked photo of her ex on his Facebook account, captioned “Do I look fat??? My daily question”.
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Copleston-Warren attended her sentencing with her support dog for her diabetes.
Her defence lawyer Jacob Bindman said Copleston-Warren had a former agreement with her ex that she could have access to the smart devices to check up on her dog.
He stated that the dog had undergone medical treatment and been left in her ex’s care.
As reported by MyLondon, Judge John Denniss said: “I have no doubt that at the time of the offence you were concerned about your dog and the operation it had just had.
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“But I am not convinced at all that that was the primary or the only factor that was causing you personal distress.
“There was an element which was nasty, of jealousy, of revenge, and irrational behaviour which led to fury-like behaviour in you.
“I use the word because it reminds me of the aphorism, ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ and here there are elements of that fury.”
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The judge also placed Copleston-Warren with a seven-year restraining order, banning her from contacting her ex-boyfriend or going within 100m of any of his three homes.
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