As Catherine* prepared to marry her fiancé, she started to receive strange and unsettling messages.
Together, she and her future husband filed a complaint with the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) and deleted the app Viber.
It was not enough to get rid of the harasser: “You deleted Viber, don’t you want us to message you? Bad move,” read a message through WhatsApp.
Mamamia’s daily news podcast The Quicky speaks to the ABC journalist who broke the story of Lydia Abdelmalek. Post continues after audio.
Catherine turned to one of her closest friends, Lydia Abdelmalek, for support.
But what Catherine didn’t know was that it was Lydia behind the messages. And she was willing to go to great lengths to trick her friend into believing it was someone else.
ABC reporters James Oaten, who broke the story after Lydia Abdelmalek was found guilty of six stalking charges last week, and Danny Morgan have outlined the ways Lydia continued to ‘support’ her friend, while also being the one sending her abuse.
Abdelmalek pointed the fingers at Catherine’s other friends, speculating that they were attempting to break up her relationship.
She also convinced her friend not to hire a private investigator to look into the stalking by claiming her family friend was already looking into it.