A woman accused of posing as a Home and Away actor to dupe women into relationships has labelled the investigation against her as “flawed, colluded and skewed”.
The investigation into a woman suspected of posing as a Home and Away actor to lure women into relationships has been labeled “flawed, colluded, and distorted,” according to the lady.
Lydia Abdelmalek has filed an appeal after being sentenced to two years and eight months in prison in 2019 for six counts of stalking.
She was found guilty of impersonating Australian soap star Lincoln Lewis in order to deceive women into believing they were in relationships, but the 31-year-old promptly appealed.
Her appeal is still pending before Victoria’s County Court, where she was virtually clad in a black Puma sweater.
Tim Sullivan, an attorney, questioned the case’s lead detective about the phone numbers police allege were used to stalk the ladies involved.
On Wednesday, Mr Sullivan told the court, “I’m claiming the inquiry is defective, collusive, and prejudiced.”
He also claimed that part of the information on one of Ms Abdelmalek’s phones, including contacts, was not put there by his client.
Mr Sullivan stated, “The claimed damning data was not put on the iPhone 6 by Lydia Abdelmalek.”
Detective Senior Constable Kellie Moore, on the other hand, said she couldn’t comment on how the information on the phone got to be there.
“It was there when I got the phone,” she said.
The lawyer put it to the officer that the WhatsApp messages ended up on the phone after his client was arrested and in custody when there was a “sync” with the phone from a laptop.
Judge Claire Quin asked Constable Moore if she put the messages on the phone.
“No, I did not do that,” the detective said and added no one else did it.
A SIM card with a number that was once registered under the name of Lincoln Lewis was discovered in Ms Abdelmalek’s residence during a police raid in April 2021, according to the court.
But this was after the initial court case in 2019, the court was told.
Earlier sessions featured testimony from Lewis and friends of the claimed victims about the alleged stalking, as well as hours of taped police interviews with Ms Abdelmalek.
When asked about Instagram accounts, phone numbers, and specific emails, the Melbourne woman began to giggle.
When questioned why she laughed, she answered, “I think I don’t know why I would create these emails.”
During the appeal, she was also quizzed about phones seized from her residence and who they belonged to.