Therapist whose office was falsely branded a ‘nonce home’ throughout merciless month-long harassment marketing campaign says she ‘fears being attacked’ as her stalker seems in court docket

  • Katie Cooley was focused by Leah Dipnall, 23, throughout stalking marketing campaign in 2021
  • Dipnall arrange social media accounts saying sufferer was having intercourse with purchasers 
  • She additionally sexualised photographs on social media and stated enterprise was a ‘intercourse store’  
  • Dipnall pleaded responsible to stalking at Minshull Avenue Crown Court docket in Manchester 

A therapist who was harassed for greater than a month and had her enterprise falsely branded a ‘nonce home’ stated she ‘fears being attacked’ as her stalker appeared in court docket. 

Katie Cooley was focused by Leah Dipnall, 23, throughout a merciless stalking marketing campaign between October 8 and November 28 final 12 months. 

The harasser beforehand admitted to organising social media accounts attacking Ms Cooley, claiming the sufferer was having ‘sexual relations with all of the residents’ at her place of business. 

Dipnall took photos from the sufferer’s social media and sexualised them, modified the character of her enterprise on-line to a ‘intercourse store’ and emailed her saying ‘die b***h’, a court docket was informed beforehand.

Leah Dipnall, 23, pictured, pleaded guilty to stalking after falsely branding therapist Katie Cooley's workplace a 'nonce house' during a month-long harassment campaign

Leah Dipnall, 23, pictured, pleaded responsible to stalking after falsely branding therapist Katie Cooley’s office a ‘nonce home’ throughout a month-long harassment marketing campaign 

Talking at Manchester’s Minshull Avenue Crown Court docket, Ms Cooley described how the ‘merciless assault’ will keep along with her perpetually.  

‘By no means have I ever been known as a sexual pervert, a nonce, or a part of a intercourse ring,’ she stated. 

‘While giving my police assertion, that took 12 hours, intimately I had the distressing expertise of wanting on the porn impersonating me and needed to hearken to the messages despatched to me. By no means have I ever felt so embarrassed or ashamed.’

Ms Cooley defined that she needed to undergo all of the content material shared by Dipnall along with her dad and police current – saying it was a supply of deep embarrassment.

The defendant was granted bail until the next hearing at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court, pictured

The defendant was granted bail till the subsequent listening to at Manchester’s Minshull Avenue Crown Court docket, pictured

She added that for the reason that harassment she has ‘feared bodily assaults from members of the general public’ and has been unable to do her job as a therapist.

She informed the court docket the enterprise she constructed up over quite a lot of years was ruined in a ‘matter of weeks’. She added that her identify can’t be used within the remedy business and she or he has needed to spend 1000’s of kilos on a whole rebrand. 

‘I needed to minimize brief the remedy of six people that desperately wanted assist on the time. I used to be prevented from persevering with our work,’ she stated. 

‘Financially it has price me 1000’s. The loss I’ve skilled has been extraordinarily hurtful after years of constructing my enterprise.’ 

Ms Cooley defined that her sufferers needed to discover new therapists, which might delay their remedy for months, and she or he has questioned the way forward for her profession.

A late submission for a psychological well being remedy evaluation meant that Kay Driver, mitigating, needed to request an adjournment of the sentencing – delaying justice for Ms Cooley who was current in court docket.

In the meantime, Mr Michael Blakey accepted this and the case was adjourned till March 6, 2023 to permit Dipnall to be allotted a practitioner and a marketing consultant psychiatrist to hold out the evaluation.

Dipnall, of Oakfield Highway in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, pleaded responsible to stalking inflicting critical alarm and misery.

The defendant was granted bail till the subsequent listening to which is because of happen on the similar court docket.