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Lydia Abdelmalek ‘catfish’ appeal delay with 20 witnesses to be called

An appeal for Lydia Abdelmalek, who a court found posed as a Home And Away actor to “catfish” victims, will hear from more than a dozen witnesses. The 30-year-old was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars for six counts of stalking last year.Abdelmalek is appealing her sentence and conviction for conning other…

An appeal for Lydia Abdelmalek, who a court found posed as a Home And Away actor to “catfish” victims, will hear from more than a dozen witnesses.

The 30-year-old was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars for six counts of stalking last year.

Abdelmalek is appealing her sentence and conviction for conning other women into believing she was Home And Away actor Lincoln Lewis.

At her trial, the court was told Abdelmalek sent explicit images of one of her victims and crude messages to a woman’s family members.

Up to 20 witnesses are expected to give evidence when the appeal gets under way next year, prosecutor Stephanie Joosten told the Victorian County Court on Tuesday.

“Some of those are civilian witnesses and are the complainants as well as family members, and one (of the complainants) is now deceased,” Ms Joosten said.

Half of the witnesses were civilians and many were interstate, she explained.

Cybercrime investigators were analysing computer evidence and a report is expected at the end of the year, the prosecutor said.

“This matter seems to be … sort of not moving,” Judge Claire Quin told the court.

The matter will return to court in December.

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