Female stalker who made fake porn videos of her terrified therapist avoids jail for second time after getting drunk and attacking a police officer
- Leah Dipnall, 24, threw a phone at officers and then began spitting inside car
A stalker who escaped jail for making ‘deep fake’ pornography about her therapist has walked free from court for a second time after she got drunk and attacked a policeman assigned to help her following an SOS call.
Leah Dipnall, 24, was arrested again after she threw a mobile phone at PC Alexander Norton as he was undertaking a welfare check on her.
Then she began spitting inside a police car as she was being taken to the station.
Six months earlier Dipnall, from Alderley Edge, Cheshire was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for stalking after she conducted an online campaign to smear her former counsellor Katie Cooling at a women’s refuge.
During the campaign, she sent Miss Cooling explicit deep fake images purporting to be the victim in sexualised situations as well as falsely accusing the victim on social media of being a ‘nonce’ and wrongly claiming she had slept with all the residents.
Leah Dipnall, 24, pictured, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for stalking
Dipnall created deep fake pornography images and falsely accused her victim on social media of being a nonce
Leah Dipnall, aka Daisy Degnan, was arrested again after she threw a mobile phone at PC Alexander Norton
Her attacks included hacking into her victim’s business website, sending images of the counsellor she superimposed with male and female genitals to her colleagues, and pictures of herself topless to the woman as well as a message, ‘Die b***h’.
Miss Cooling was so traumatised that she left her job, moved house and changed her identity.
After escaping jail in March, Dipnall also changed her own name, called herself Daisy Degnan and is believed to have set up her own cleaning company ‘Fresh as a Daisy’.
But she landed in trouble again on September 8 this year when police were called to her home following a 999 call from someone claiming she was about to take her own life.
Jemma Gordon, prosecuting told Chester Crown Court: said: ‘When officers arrived at 1.30pm, the defendant was not at her home address but was located at an address nearby and she was intoxicated.
‘PC Norton made enquiries using his mobile phone in relation to the welfare check but she asked the officer if he would turn off his phone as it made her want to throw her phone at him.
‘PC Norton explained he couldn’t do this as he was using it, at which point the defendant threw her mobile with full force in his direction. The officer immediately feared that he was going to be struck by the phone but it did not connect and it hit the door he was stood next to.
‘The defendant then resisted arrest and was placed into handcuffs and was abusive to the officer when she was told of the reason for her arrest.
‘The defendant was placed into a police car whilst the officers contacted mental health professionals.
Dipnall began spitting inside the police car after she was arrested following her assault
Dipnall’s stalking victim was so traumatised that she left her job, moved house and changed her identity
After escaping jail in March, Dipnall also changed her own name, called herself Daisy Degnan and is believed to have set up her own cleaning company ‘Fresh as a Daisy’
‘Whilst inside the police vehicle, the defendant was banging her head off the window and when she was told to stop, she spat twice on the window which had to be professionally cleaned.’
Dipnall had 16 other offences on her record for criminal damage, assaults on police officers and other offences of violence for which she was given a referral order, a rehabilitation order, and a detention and training order for failing to comply.
She has offences for criminal damage from 2015 and 2016, as an adult.
Previous hearings were told she was a victim of domestic violence had ‘dissociative personality disorder’ and was said to have ‘suffered greatly at her parents’ hands’.
Solicitor advocate Jonathan Keane, representing her, said: ‘She does use alcohol as a crutch for her mental health and she recognises it would be fairly good for her to abstain from alcohol.’
Dipnall who appeared in court under the name Daisy Degnan admitted assault and criminal damage was ordered to wear a ‘sobriety’ tag as part of a 120 day alcohol monitoring programme.
Dipnall had 16 other offences on her record for criminal damage, assaults on police officers and other offences of violence
Previous hearings were told she was a victim of domestic violence had ‘dissociative personality disorder’ and was said to have ‘suffered greatly at her parents’ hands’
She was also conditionally discharged for 12 months.
The judge Mr Recorder Mark Ainsworth told her: ‘You threw your phone at the officer and whilst thankfully it missed, I have no doubt it would have been quite unpleasant and would possibly have caused injury if it had hit him.
‘It smashed on the wall but still he would have apprehended you he was about to be hit which amounts to assault.
‘When you were arrested, you were abusive which shows your state of mind at the time.
‘It may well be in the different circumstances that this matter would be dealt with in the magistrates court but you came to his court because you are subject to a suspended sentence.
‘Ordinarily someone in your position would expect to go to prison but I have read the details of this case and read the various psychiatric reports.
‘Police have a difficult role and they are entitled to be treated with respect and a degree of restraint but it is a matter of concern as the reasons that brought officers to your house.’
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