A woman has been jailed after trolling herself on Facebook.

Michelle Chapman, 24, from Cornwall, was arrested after attempting to frame friends and family by sending abusive messages from fake accounts to her own profile.

She fell out with her family after re-establishing contact with her estranged father. Chapman apparently took badly to her father's new wife, and tried to split them up with abusive Facebook messages.

The idea, police said, was to make it appear as those she was the target of vehement bullying.

Above: Michelle Chapman, 24, who was jailed at Truro Crown Court


Chapman created profiles for her father, stepmother and other family members, and sent herself "hundreds" of sexually explicit insults.

And as it turned out, the plan worked - initially. After months of messages - and sending eight separate statements to the police - her stepmother was actually arrested, and warnings were issued to other members of the family.

Pretty quickly, however, the ruse was discovered. Experts found that she had set up the accounts from her own computer and she was eventually convicted of carrying out actions tending to pervert the course of justice, at Truro Crown Court, and jailed for 20 months.

"People have suffered a great deal of distress as a result of your wicked behaviour," the judge said during sentencing.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail reported that Chapman's husband would stand by his wife.

"She is the victim, she has mental health issues and it was a cry for help," he told the Mail.

"She has not had the help she needs. This is what you do when you’re in desperate, desperate need of help – you scream out."

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