A London woman, currently on trial, is accused of going to shocking lengths to harass a former lover in a “sinister” stalking campaign against him, by sending threatening emails and ordering a fake pregnancy belly via Amazon after their breakup last November.
Mail Online reports that Jessica Nordquist, 25, originally from Alaska, dated Mark Weeks after the pair met at work, at the London-based company, Unruly. Yet, Nordquist reportedly broke off the relationship three months later.
After the split, Nordquist “seemed to want to get his [Weeks] attention,” jurors at Snaresbook Crown Court were told.
“She left handwritten notes on his bike and desk. He thought that she was rather following him around the office and also that she continued to send him text messages.”
When her efforts didn’t work the way Nordquist apparently intended, she allegedly claimed to be 8-weeks pregnant with Weeks’ baby. According to trial testimony, however, Nordquist terminated a pregnancy on December 13 at the Royal London Hospital, where Weeks said she acted erratically and “made a scene.”
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It is unclear why the suspect is thought to have ordered the fake pregnancy belly, but authorities seized her iPad and phone, where they discovered online searches for “fake babies.” They also found an Amazon purchase that indicated she ordered a silicon baby bump from Amazon, according to The Sun.
After a Christmas work break, Nordquist reportedly spoke to Weeks about rekindling their relationship—an advance the man rejected. From there, Nordquist sent the ex-boyfriend a message through Instagram, threatening to reveal the abortion, according to trial testimony.
“I’m telling people at work I had an abortion and if they ask with who I’ll say you.”
Prosecutor Claire Robinson stated in court that the suspected stalker posted an Instagram message speaking of having an abortion after she “fell into a relationship.”
On January 5, Nordquist allegedly published a message under the guise of a friend, claiming that she had overdosed. Worried about the post, Weeks called authorities. At this point, according to testimony, Nordquist attempted to make it appear as if they were both being harassed by the same stalker, jurors heard.
An email was also purportedly sent out appearing to be sent from a different person.
“You are going to meet at 3pm at Shoreditch Grind (cafe). If neither of you show, we’re going to release your past secrets around the office. We will come for you.”
After Weeks failed to show up for the meeting, Robinson said the victim received yet another email.
“I gave you both a chance to show up. Tick Tock, the rabbit’s got f****d.”
At one point Nordquist allegedly emailed clients of Weeks, accusing the man of rape.
Robinson stated in court that “the Crown suggest that these all came from Jessica Nordquist,” as the stalking campaign became “more and more sinister.”
Nordquist denied the charges against her, which include two counts of stalking, two counts of sending malicious communications and one count of perverting course of justice.
The trial is still ongoing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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