A scorned Sydney doctor has been jailed - then released on bail pending appeal - after bombarding a former lover with 6000 text messages and running a hate campaign against his new girlfriend.
Darlinghurst radiologist Denise Jane Lee's war of abuse and threats began after she was dumped by a man she met on Tinder in 2015.
Battling the charges for years, the 41-year-old eventually pleaded guilty to four harassment-related offences against Matthew Holberton, his new girlfriend and the woman's mother.
Her sustained vitriol against the new girlfriend was among the most serious offences of its type, Downing Centre Local Court magistrate Michael Barko said on Wednesday when jailing Lee for nine months.
Lee immediately appealed the decision and was released on bail pending an appeal scheduled for April 20.
The doctor was handed a two-year good-behaviour bond and ordered to complete 600 hours of community service for the harassment of the girlfriend's mother and Mr Holberton.
In Lee's messages to Mr Holberton, she said she was "going to f*** your life up", "I won't be letting you get away with what you did to me" and promised "whatever you value most, I will target".
"When you treat people so heartlessly, expect the same in return," she warned, the court heard on Wednesday.
"You had sex with me when you didn't have feelings for me, that's using me."
Lee later aimed her campaign of hate towards Mr Holberton's new flame, creating dozens of email addresses and sending more than 100 emails with highly personal comments to the victim's mother, colleagues, a member of Mr Holberton's cycling club, and others.
She once asserted to Mr Holberton she wasn't a "bunny boiler" - slang for a spurned woman acting vengefully against her lover.
"Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd; nor hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd," Mr Barko said, quoting 1697 English play The Morning Bride.
The messages towards the new girlfriend targeted her "hagged face", her genitalia, her lifestyle and her family, Mr Barko said.
He said the "completely innocent player" had her life "turned around by not only what she received directly but by third parties informing her about communications they'd received".
"At the very least, it's defamatory," he said.
"At its highest, it's vile, despicable and offensive."
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.
"The inference I draw is she entered those pleas with gritted teeth," Mr Barko said, noting Lee hadn't shown any substantial remorse.
"(Going by further material presented) after guilty pleas were entered, she has not and cannot let go."
Mr Barko - sitting next to eight overflowing boxes of evidence - expressed surprise the case ran so long given the strength of the prosecution case.
He was heavily critical of Victoria Police's role in the matter, including that the police statements of many alleged victims based in Melbourne resembled "memoirs" rather than narrow accounts of admissible evidence.
Lee, who graduated exclusive Sydney Girls High School with a perfect tertiary entrance score, is suspended from practising medicine.
Australian Associated Press