Legal executive’s life ‘made hell’ by stalker


The woman was bombarded by multiple friend requests on Facebook The woman was bombarded by multiple friend requests on FacebookThibault Camus/AP

A lawyer’s life was made hell by another woman who stalked her for six years on Facebook even though they had never met.

Michelle Hawthorne, 47, was plagued with hundreds of messages and friend requests from the woman, who was a relative of her husband.

Ms Hawthorne, a legal executive in the field of commercial law, regularly posted pictures of her horses and family on Facebook but failed to set up any privacy settings. In 2010 she received a friend request from the woman, whom she had never met.

Ms Hawthorne activated security settings on her profile but continued to be bombarded with “friend” requests by the woman, who set up 30 fake profiles.

The woman, whom Ms Hawthorne does not want to name for…

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