A woman who started a cyberstalking campaign against her ex-boyfriend before faking her own kidnap was sentenced to four years imprisonment by Snaresbrook crown court in north-east London on Wednesday.

Jessica Nordquist, 26, started a “prolonged and persistent” cyberstalking campaign against her former boyfriend, Mark Weeks, during which she sent scores of text messages and emails faking her own kidnap and also claiming to be raped by him. She even went to the extent of buying a fake baby bump on Amazon and also created about 20 Instagram accounts to make allegations against him.

The victim started receiving messages in April and immediately contacted police who found Nordquist three days later at a bed and breakfast. She was arrested on suspicion of stalking and subsequently charged. Police found multiple SIM cards during a search at her house. When checked her computer history, investigators found searches made for “fake babies,” Huffington Post reported.

Weeks said he received an email with photos of Nordquist tied up in her underwear. The mail read, “Jessica Nordquist is the one who has been protecting your children from us. We raped and stole her tonight,” IOL reported.

She was convicted for two counts each of stalking and sending malicious communications and one of perverting the course of justice.

"You are an intelligent, resourceful and well educated young woman with no previous conviction. I have described your behavior as bizarre. I am satisfied that your early traumatic experiences has shaped your personality and it’s his professional opinion that your offending can be understood as arising from those personality traits that have resulted. That does not excuse or justify your offending behavior, but it does help to explain it,” Judge Paul Southern said during the sentencing, Sun reported.

Speaking about how messages and emails about his private life were sent to colleagues and seniors, Weeks said, “I was embarrassed. I was really anxious, the effect it was having on my career and my reputation in the company,” The Guardian reported.

While reading out how the incident impacted Weeks, the prosecutor said, “He was constantly scared and on edge about what might happen next to him. He mentions specific occasions where he would receive a text from an unknown number saying he was being watched and his home was being watched.”

DC Joanne Farrell, an official with local Tower Hamlets police unit, said she hopes the severity of Nordquist’s sentence would encourage men who undergo such harassments to come forward.

“Infatuation or revenge, Nordquist’s motivation remains unknown. She pursued a relentless campaign of stalking - culminating in faking her own kidnap and assault - that caused immense distress and embarrassment to the victim, his colleagues and loved ones; and even her own family. Throughout the investigation and trial, Nordquist has shown she is a compulsive liar and deeply manipulative,” she said.