Scorned doctor who bombarded her Tinder lover and his new girlfriend with a ‘tsunami’ of 9,000 texts blames a ‘manic episode’ for her behaviour in bid to overturn sentence
- Denise Jane Lee harassed ex-lover Matthew Holberton and his new girlfriend
- Lee spiraled after seeing a photo of the Mr Holberton and the girl on social media
- Lee met Mr Holberton on Tinder in 2015 before he ended things after a few dates
- Her barrister Phillip Boulten SC argued her bipolar disorder led to ‘crazy’ actions
A scorned doctor who texted threats and abuse to her ex-lover and his new girlfriend thousands of times has blamed her behaviour on a ‘manic episode’.
Denise Jane Lee was sentenced to nine months’ jail in March after harassing a man she met on Tinder in 2015 who broke up with her following a handful of dates.
Lee’s barrister Phillip Boulten SC last week argued his client’s bipolar disorder led to her ‘crazy’ actions.
Denise Jane Lee was sentenced to nine months’ jail in March after harassing a man she met on Tinder in 2015 who broke up with her following a handful of dates
Prosecutors said Lee became enraged after Matthew Holberton (pictured) ended their fling
Lee is appealing her nine-month sentence on mental health grounds, but the DPP said the charges were too serious to be dealt with under the Mental Health Act
‘If you’re a bit manic you get focused on achieving the goal, even if it’s a bit of a crazy thing to do,’ Mr Boulten told the court last week, The Daily Telegraph reported.
‘She was seeing through the prism of her disorder. The doctor made the connection. It sort of makes a lot of sense.’
Prosecutors told the District Court Lee became enraged after Matthew Holberton ended their fling.
‘Whatever you value most I will target. I will f*** up your life,’ one of the chilling text messages read.
Lee also sent abusive messages to Mr Holberton’s new girlfriend, her mother and their work colleagues.
The 41-year-old lost control after seeing a photo of Mr Holberton and his new girlfriend on social media.
Lee is appealing her nine-month sentence on mental health grounds, but NSW Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutor Jessica Yates said the charges were too serious to be dealt with under the Mental Health Act.
‘She had gone out of her way to find out home address, where (Mr Holberton) worked, associations of families, email addresses and places of work,’ she said.
While the emails stopped as soon as Lee was arrested in February 2017, the doctor fought the case until October 2019, when negotiations led to six of 10 charges being dropped.
Judge Penelope Wass hand down her decision later this month.
Lee also sent abusive messages to Mr Holberton’s (pictured) new girlfriend, her mother and their work colleagues