A manipulative mum tricked her baby’s dad with a fake snapchat account in a brazen bid to try and get him jailed.
Courtney Henderson tried to ensnare her ex Christopher Burns, 19, and get him to breach a restraining order.
Burns previously smashed a window at Henderson’s home – showering their son’s Moses basket with glass.
He was spared prison despite having repeatedly breached a non-molestation order.
Fuming Henderson then cooked up a plot to entice Burns into breaching the 7-year restraining order he was slapped with following his earlier sentencing.
Burns wasn’t allowed to contact his ex-girlfriend, so she decided to con him into unwittingly Snapchatting her – and then called the police on him.
Snapchat is a mobile application where users send pictures to each other which disappear after they have been seen.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that when their relationship broke down, Henderson, 20, made allegations against Burns "of a domestic nature”, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Cecilia Pritchard, prosecuting, said he received the non-molestation order during family court proceedings in July last year.
He breached it with "numerous contacts by phone or social media" and by talking to her in a nightclub on August 26, 2019 and refusing to leave for two hours.
That night he broke a window at her Seacombe home and he breached the order again by phoning her.
Burns was convicted of criminal damage and three counts of breaching the order on June 2 this year.
He was given 11 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, a rehabilitation course, home curfew and the restraining order.
Three days later Henderson rang police and said Burns had contacted her on Snapchat, and produced screenshots of a conversation.
But when police arrested Burns, he produced evidence of his own.
He had screen shots and recorded events which proved Henderson contacted him on a new profile, and she had renamed on his on her phone.
The conversation was much longer than she alleged, and he had even confronted her about her real identity.
Ms Pritchard said: "His view is that it seems to be an attempt on her part to have him sent to prison, because obviously if found guilty of such an offence, he would have been in breach of his suspended sentence order."
Henderson accepted in a police interview that she had "set him up" and admitted perverting the course of justice.
Rebecca Smith, defending Henderson, who has no previous convictions, argued there were "exceptional circumstances" which meant the judge could spare her jail, despite official guidance about the need for "deterrent" sentences.
Recorder David O'Mahony said Henderson initially told police she was concerned by Burns' supposed contact and claimed: "I fear for my safety."
He said: "You deliberately targeted Mr Burns because you were upset with the sentence that the judge had passed.
"You must have known there was at least a strong possibility that Mr Burns would go to prison."
The judge said this was "unacceptable" and she had abused a restraining order put in place to protect her.
Recorder O'Mahoney gave Henderson eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, and 180 hours of unpaid work.