Sydney doctor Denise Lee pleads guilty to harassment after sending 9000 texts to Tinder date

Denise Lee and Mathew Holberton.
Denise Lee and Mathew Holberton. Photo credit: AAP.

A jilted Sydney doctor who sent thousands of abusive and threatening texts to an ex-Tinder date has pleaded guilty to harassment charges in court. 

Radiologist Denise Jane Lee has reportedly pleaded guilty to four of the 10 charges against her, ahead of a scheduled five-day hearing. 

Lee, now 39, met Mathew Holberton on the dating app in 2015. The pair had four dinner dates between July and September 2015, as well as two sexual encounters, before Holberton ended things and moved to Melbourne, reports.

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When things turned sour, Lee began to send Holberton a string of "vicious", "threatening" and "intimidating" text messages, according to police prosecutors. 

The quickly escalating text messages between the two were revealed in court earlier this year, where it became apparent it was a one-sided affair. 

"I was happy to go out with you. I didn't know it was just for sex. That changes it," Lee initially texted, apparently feeling rejected following their second sexual encounter.

Two days later she followed up with the message: "You're not going to get away with it," before a month later telling Mr Holberton "you are going to regret taking me for a f**king ride and being dishonest with me" and, "I will get my revenge."

Among the thousands of other messages are further threats such as, "I've got quite a few surprises planned for you a**hole," and "I am going to f**k your life up."

Emails were also allegedly sent to Holberton's new girlfriend and her parents.

In court this month, Lee admitted to three counts of using a carriage service to harass, menace or offend and one count of intimidation. The six additional charges were withdrawn, according to the New York Post. 

Earlier this month, Magistrate Michael Barko refused to dismiss the charges against Lee on mental health grounds.


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