The father of a woman who impersonated Aussie soap star Lincoln Lewis has clashed with a waiting media pack outside court, following an appeal hearing for his daughter.
Earlier this month Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison on six counts of stalking, with a minimum term of one year and nine months.
One journalist fell to the ground during a heated exchange outside Melbourne’s County Court shortly after Abdelmalek’s first application to appeal her sentence.
Abdelmalek’s case was adjourned and she will remain out on bail for at least 15 months until her case is heard in October next year.
Earlier this month, Magistrate Stephen Ballack described Abdelmalek’s conduct in adopting the persona of Lewis to send messages as “manipulative, calculated and cruel” and highlighted that the accused had “taunted and abused” one of her victims “about suicidal thoughts.”
One victim took her own life last year, but penned a statement in 2016 outlining the trauma of being duped into believing the TV star was in love with her.
Abdelmalek went as far as sending explicit images of the woman and vulgar messages to her father, mother, sister and brother-in-law.
Another woman, who was similarly scammed, said the “sick mind games” turned her from the life of the party to a recluse.