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Lydia Abdelmalek (left) leaves the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne. She was shielded by her umbrella-claiming protector, who almost got confused with a reporter (center)

A stalker who imitated Aussie soap star Lincoln Lewis to cheat unsuspecting women has fled the court with the help of an umbrella, waving bodyguard.

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Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison earlier this year for stumbling, but was released when she appealed the decision.

The callous stalker was shielded by a man who believed her father of a media package when she left the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne.

Lydia Abdelmalek (left) leaves the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne. She was shielded by her umbrella-claiming protector, who almost got confused with a reporter (center)

Lydia Abdelmalek (left) leaves the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne. She was shielded by her umbrella-claiming protector, who almost got confused with a reporter (center)

Lydia Abdelmalek had nothing to say because she was chased by a media package on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne after she was bailed again until October last year

Lydia Abdelmalek had nothing to say because she was chased by a media package on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne after she was bailed again until October last year

Lydia Abdelmalek had nothing to say because she was chased by a media package on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne after she was bailed again until October last year

Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, pretended to be Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis (photo). She was sentenced to prison for the crimes, but will remain on bail until October next year
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Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, pretended to be Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis (photo). She was sentenced to prison for the crimes, but will remain on bail until October next year

Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, pretended to be Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis (photo). She was sentenced to prison for the crimes, but will remain on bail until October next year

The older man used a large blue umbrella to stop journalists from getting mixed up to ask Abdelmalek questions.

The convicted criminal, who drove one of her victims to suicide, held her head down and refused to speak while her bodyguard waved the umbrella to journalists.

& # 39; Don't touch it, & # 39; he cried. & # 39; Do not touch the umbrella. & # 39;

Channel 7 reporter Paul Dowsley almost hit the man – later he became an & # 39; evil Mary Poppins & # 39; called – while he was spewing the umbrella in his face.

& # 39; You stand in my way, & # 39; cried the man.

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The altercation left the stony reporter with a slash to the top of his head.

Moments later, the court heard that Abdelmalek's appeal lasted up to four weeks to hear.

The case was adjourned until October of next year, with the criminal released again on bail in the community.

Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, was escorted by the County Court of Victoria by her umbrella bodyguard who lashed out at reporters when they returned to their car

Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, declined to comment on why she duped the unsuspecting women, who were both strangers
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Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, declined to comment on why she duped the unsuspecting women, who were both strangers

Lydia Abdelmalek, 29, declined to comment on why she duped the unsuspecting women, who were both strangers

Her lawyer described the profession as & # 39; quite a complex case & # 39 ;.

Judge John Carmody said he was reluctant to hold such a long hearing, but agreed.

Abdelmalek was released immediately after a $ 10,000 bail conviction and must abide by the limitations of social media as part of her terms.

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She was convicted of six graves and was ordered to serve at least one year and nine months.

One victim took her own life last year, but wrote a statement in 2016 in which the trauma of being duped into the belief that the TV star was in love with her.

Abdelmalek even went so far as to send explicit images of the woman and vulgar messages to her father, mother, sister and brother-in-law.

Another woman, who was scammed in the same way by the Lewis alias, said the & # 39; sick mind games & # 39; had changed her from the life of the party to a hermit.

The former Home And Away star explained how powerless the catfish left him, and told the court at an earlier moment that he felt helpless.

The sun was shining brightly, but Lydia Abdelmalek's bodyguard did his best to protect her from a rain of questions
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The sun was shining brightly, but Lydia Abdelmalek's bodyguard did his best to protect her from a rain of questions

The sun was shining brightly, but Lydia Abdelmalek's bodyguard did his best to protect her from a rain of questions

& # 39; It kills your feeling, it ruins your day. It makes you feel powerless and makes you feel like you're not doing it, & he said.

& # 39; It just takes away your happiness, because now I have this constant thought in my mind that something is going on that I can't stop or even find out. & # 39;

Lewis found out about the catfishing scam when one of the two victims contacted.

He knew her from elementary school, An ongoing case reported.

& # 39; She said: & # 39; Linc, the last few months I thought you and I were dating & # 39;, & # 39; Lewis told the court about his interview in 2011.

& # 39; My first response is: & # 39; How could you think that? How could you think we are dating because we haven't seen each other for years? & # 39 ;, & # 39; He said.

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