Philippa Copleston-Warren terrified love rival by using smart device to switch lights on and off and telling woman to get out of the house
A woman accessed her ex-boyfriend’s Alexa device from more than 100 miles away and used it to order his new partner to leave his home, a court heard.
Phillippa Copleston-Warren, 46, also admitted posting naked pictures of her former partner on the internet.
Copleston-Warren, a former project manager at BP, used an app to control smart devices in his home and terrify his girlfriend. After accessing remote CCTV cameras inside his Lincolnshire house, she was also able to spy on the unsuspecting couple.
She then used the Alexa device to switch the bedside lamps on and off before telling his new partner to get out of the house.
But when she posted a naked picture of her former lover on Facebook, she was charged with a revenge porn offence.
Copleston-Warren, who lives in a million-pound apartment in Chelsea, west London, initially denied the offence. On Tuesday, when she appeared before Isleworth Crown Court, she changed her plea and admitted a single count of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress.
After posting the nude picture of the man, she added the caption: “Do I look fat??? My daily question.”
She then sent him a message which read: “You might also want to remove your naked picture off Facebook.”
Copleston-Warren refused to remove the image and even changed the victim’s Facebook password so that he was effectively locked out of his own account.
The image was eventually removed by Facebook after it was reported to the company as being inappropriate.
‘Grave invasion of privacy’
Copleston-Warren will be sentenced in October and could face a maximum of two years in prison after sentences for revenge porn offences were increased.
Judge John Denniss adjourned sentencing until Oct 6 for reports to be prepared and granted Copleston-Warren bail.
Christian Meikle, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Phillipa Copleston-Warren carried out a grave invasion of privacy. She left her victim feeling completely violated in his own home and online.
“Copleston-Warren did not take the image down when asked to do so and changed the password of the account to delay the victim gaining access.
“She also gloated about her actions on a WhatsApp group and threatened to send the nude image further afield to friends and business partners of the victim.
“Posting naked images online in an act of revenge is illegal and offenders will be brought to justice.
“I hope this prosecution encourages others who have been affected by this type of conduct to come forward in the knowledge that they will be treated with respect, and that their reports will be taken seriously. The CPS is committed to tackling crimes of this nature.”
Jacob Bindman, defending, stressed there was no “hacking” involved when Copleston-Warren gained access to the Alexa device and CCTV system.
“She had joint access to those accounts, had the passwords and login details, so it is absolutely incorrect to state there was any hacking,” he said.
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