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Blackpool woman FREED from jail after appealing against ‘excessive’ sentence for faking own KIDNAP

A woman sent to prison after faking her own kidnapping in an attempt to swindle a former boyfriend out of £2,000 has today been set free after winning an appeal. 

Leah Jumeaux, 20, of Blackpool, sent the man photos of herself bound and gagged, using red felt-tip pen in a ‘crude’ effort to make it look like she was bleeding.

The mother-of-one messaged her former boyfriend in October 2020 using the pseudonym ‘Paddy’ and demanded a £2,000 ransom.

But her short-sighted scheme fell apart when he called police instead and officers found her safe and well.

Jumeaux was arrested and instantly owned up to faking the kidnap, which she explained was in order to buy Christmas presents for her family, before pleading guilty to fraud.

Last month, she was sentenced to 34 weeks’ youth detention at…


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