A woman who impersonated a Home and Away heartthrob to 'catfish' women online is accused of attempting to bust up a married man's relationship after becoming infatuated with him.
Melbourne woman Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, was sentenced in June 2019 to a two-year, eight-month prison term for six counts of stalking, employing what one victim called 'sick mind games' and impersonating soap star Lincoln Lewis.
On Monday she was released back into the community on bail after being locked up on April 22 amid fresh allegations she is again tormenting strangers.
Lydia Abdelmalek (right), and her father leave the County Court of Victoria last yearInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The former Home and Away (pictured) star told the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless in the face of the catfish scam
Abdelmalek had pretended to be Lincoln Lewis and used other aliases to stalk seven people for about four years from May 2011.
One of Abdelmalek's victims took her own life last year, but wrote a statement beforehand outlining the trauma of being duped into believing the TV star was in love with her.
The woman said she felt tortured for the 'sick fascination, perverse pleasure and unhealthy satisfaction' of her tormentor.
Another victim said she had turned from the life of the party to a recluse after what the sentencing magistrate described as 'calculated and cruel' offending.
Abdelmalek went as far as sending explicit images of the woman and vulgar messages to her father, mother, sister and brother-in-law.
Another woman, who was similarly scammed by the Lewis alias, said the 'sick mind games' turned her from a confident person into a recluse.
The former Home and Away star told the court at an earlier appearance he felt powerless by the catfishing.
'It kills your vibe, it ruins your day. It makes you feel powerless and it makes you feel s**t,' he said.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
She had originally been released with a $10,000 surety after appealing her sentence and released, as long as she complied with strict social media restrictions.
On Monday, Magistrate Meagan Keogh again ordered her off social media.
In documents filed to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, it was revealed how police allege Abdelmalek was back up to her old tricks.
Police allege Abdelmalek befriended her alleged victim about a year ago and quickly began monitoring her social media pages.
Months later she met the woman at a shopping centre near her home in Epping where she bragged about her notoriety.
'Do you know I'm very famous,' she allegedly told the woman. 'Do you watch the news?'
Abdelmalek proceeded to deny the allegations she was sentenced over in 2019 before asking her about her secret relationship with a man who would