A jealous lover tailgated her boyfriend while he was on a date with another woman, causing them to fear they would be run off the road and killed.
Charlotte Miners later sent a distressing email to her rival, via the victim’s workplace at an “educational establishment,” which the employer saw before forwarding on.
Miners, a 38-year-old divorced mother-of-three, also set up a fake Facebook account in the man’s name and used it as a means to send the same stay-away message to the woman, along with indecent footage of the man parading naked around a room.
Andrew Peet, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court that Miners began a relationship with the man last August.
Earlier this year she was heartbroken to discover he had resumed an on-off relationship with the woman.
On Sunday, March 28, she followed the couple from Leicester’s Gartree Road along country roads through Great Glen, until they got to Kibworth.
Throughout the journey Miners was tailgating the woman’s vehicle. The boyfriend was in the passenger seat.
Mr Peet said: “She was flashing her headlights and trying to encourage the woman to stop so this defendant could have it out with him.
“The car eventually stopped, windows were opened and unpleasant loud exchanges took place between Miners and [the boyfriend].”
In a victim impact statement the woman said: “I thought she [Miners] was trying to run me off the road and kill me and [the boyfriend].
“I felt there was a threat to my life.”
Regarding the Facebook message, the victim said: “I felt attacked and she also sent an email to my workplace.”
She described feeling anxious, scared and having nightmares.
Mr Peet said: “It was highly inappropriate messaging, capable of causing personal and reputational damage.
“Because of the nature of her occupation, she felt humiliated. She’s on edge, fearing she’s constantly being watched and says it’s all too much to deal with.”
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The prosecutor added that Miners had no previous convictions and said she appeared to have acted “out of character.”
The defendant, of Guilford Road, Stoneygate, Leicester, pleaded guilty to sending an electronic communication, including indecent content, with intent to cause distress and anxiety, in March.
She also admitted harassment by following the victim, making unwanted contact with her and sending “sensitive material” to her employer.
Sentencing, Judge Keith Raynor said: “The victim became involved in the crossfire that took place between you and this man.
“No doubt you were angry he’d recommenced a relationship with this woman and you took it out on her in a direct and malicious way.
“I’ve read the message which is of some length and it contained material that was extremely hurtful to her, I don’t need to go into what the content was.
“You also sent a moving image of the man in flagrante [naked] and at about the same time you went on to Facebook and set up a fake account in his name and used that to send the same material directly to her.
“You say you were motivated by a desire to warn her away from the man, but I don’t accept that submission. It went beyond that.
“You were the jealous party in this situation involving three people.
“Your conduct was intended to maximise her distress. The impact has been significant.
“She no longer feels safe and has had sleepless nights whilst trying to hide the effects of your behaviour from her children and family.”
The judge also told Miners: “You’re a graduate and have previously held down responsible jobs, in public relations and events management.
“It seems you were obsessed with this man and couldn’t accept he was still in an on-off relationship with the woman – you couldn’t stomach it.”
Shital Maher, mitigating, said Miners’ main priority was sharing childcare responsibilities with her ex-husband, with whom she had no difficulties.
She said the offences were committed over a short time of just three days.
Mrs Maher said the defendant realised, during her relationship with the man, that he had a controlling nature and had allegedly recklessly gambled away some of the savings she loaned him.
The barrister added: “In March she discovered he was also involved in another relationship [with the victim].
“She’s expressed clear and genuine remorse and wishes to apologise.
“She spent six nights in custody, initially in the police cells and part of it at HMP Peterborough.”
The court heard that currently-unemployed Miners was on medication at the time for “anxiety and depression.”
Mrs Maher said: “She now wishes to move forwards. She has a supportive family.”
Miners was given a six month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.
She was placed on a five year restraining order banning any contact with her victim, to whom she was ordered to pay £600 compensation, along with £250 court costs.