Jilted girlfriend, 25, who ordered a fake pregnancy bump and claimed her ex had raped her in a warped harassment campaign is convicted of stalking and perverting the course of justice
- Jessica Nordquist subjected Mark Weeks to a chilling campaign of harassment
- 25-year-old sent him emails of her tied to bed after being ‘raped and kidnapped’
- Bought pregnancy bump on Amazon to dupe him into thinking she was pregnant
- Emailed his clients claiming he’d raped her and sent him threatening messages
Jessica Nordquist, 25, has been convicted of stalking
A jilted woman who falsely claimed her ex-boyfriend raped her and wore a baby bump to dupe him into thinking she was pregnant is facing years behind bars.
Jessica Nordquist, 25, subjected her ex-boyfriend Mark Weeks to a chilling and ‘relentless’ campaign of harassment during which she faked her own kidnapping and emailed his clients and colleagues claiming he had sexually abused her.
The pair began a relationship while working for video advertising company Unruly after Nordquist, a solutions engineer, moved from New York to the London office in June last year.
But their romance soured and the pair separated in November.
Mr Weeks soon received emails from fake email accounts – including one in the name of a friend – saying Nordquist had been kidnapped and raped.
Described as ‘a deeply manipulative and compulsive liar’, Nordquist fabricated a bizarre story leading her loved ones to believe she had been kidnapped, sparking a massive police hunt.
Mr Weeks received photos of Nordquist naked, bound and gagged attached to an email that read: ‘Jessica Nordquist is the one who has been protecting your children from us. We raped and stole her tonight.’
When police later searched to her home they found a number of sim cards for various networks.
She had also created around 20 Instagram accounts for the sole purpose of harassing Mr Weeks.
Jessica Nordquist, 25, subjected her ex-boyfriend Mark Weeks to a chilling campaign of harassment
TIMELINE: How jilted lover subjected her ex to chilling campaign of harassment
July 2017: Nordquist and Mark Weeks begin a relationship
November 2017: Their romance sours and the pair split
December 13, 2017: She claimed she was pregnant with his baby and went to hospital so she could have an abortion.
But she lied to Mr Weeks about having a termination and claimed she then miscarried.
January 26, 2018: Nordquist was arrested, interviewed and released under investigation.
When officers went to her home they found a number of sim cards for various networks, in her handbag and her kitchen bin.
She had also created around 20 Instagram accounts for the sole purpose of harassing her victim.
February 23: She was charged with one count of stalking and two counts of malicious communications and bailed to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on May 4.
April 19: Her family, friends, colleagues and the victim received an email purporting to be from an alleged crime group, claiming they had raped and kidnapped Nordquist.
Attached were photographs of her naked, bound and gagged. Further emails were sent claiming the group had broken Nordquist’s fingers.
The matter was reported to police, and officers established a crime scene at Nordquist’s flat in Whitechapel, where they discovered a disturbed scene, along with a kidnap note pinned to the front door.
Officers launched an urgent investigation in an attempt to locate Nordquist.
April 21: On April 21 Nordquist was found alone, safe and well by Police Scotland in a B+B in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands.
She gave them a false name and discarded two mobile phones in a toilet bin when officers took her to see a doctor to ensure she was fit to be detained. She also had disguise kits and camping equipment in a rucksack and booking confirmation print outs of accommodation she had booked in places further north of Aviemore.
It transpired she had been responsible for fabricating the story of her own kidnap.
April 23: She appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded not guilty to all offences.
October 11: Nordquist is found guilty of two counts stalking, two counts of sending malicious communications and one count of perverting course of justice.
Giving evidence, Mr Weeks said he feared his career was over after Nordquist sent his colleagues emails claiming he had raped her.
One message said: ‘You should know Mark and Unruly have covered up the most atrocious crime ever.’
Mr Weeks added: ‘These allegations were damaging to my personal welfare I am highly anxious, feeling depressed.
‘I didn’t really know what was coming next. It felt my whole life was going on hold.’
Mr Weeks said he also received messages about a burglary at his home but he never replied and while he was working from home a reindeer, bought for him by workmates as a Christmas gift, went missing from his desk.
He said Nordquist alluded to chess in her emails and in one said: ‘If you can, protect the queen, she is the most valuable piece on the board she protects your king.’
Another read: ‘The queen will have some words tomorrow. Did you not know she is worth 26 million dollars.’
Mr Weeks’ brother was also sent a message which read: ‘Your brother is in trouble. You should be more careful.’
His boss urged him to take two weeks off work on compassionate leave during the stalking campaign.
He decided to remove himself from social media and deleted his Instagram account after forwarding the messages to the police.
Prosecutor Claire Robinson said Nordquist was desperate to get Mr Weeks’ attention after they broke up, and left handwritten notes on his bike and desk.
Nordquist asked to meet for coffee but when Mr Weeks said no he was ‘met with some angry text messages.’
She then claimed she was eight weeks pregnant with his baby and went to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on 13 December so she could have an abortion.
The court heard she lied to Mr Weeks about having a termination and claimed she then miscarried.
The court heard how Nordquist, who is originally from Eagle River in Alaska, said had ordered a fake baby bump.
But she claimed she ‘ordered it for a pregnancy party’, adding: ‘I wanted the guys to wear it.’
When they returned to Unruly after the Christmas break, Nordquist asked if they could rekindle their romance, the court heard.
But when he rejected Nordquist she sent him a message on Instagram saying: ‘I’m telling people at work I had an abortion and if they ask with who, I’ll say you.’
Nordquist posted a message, purporting to be from her friend, claiming she had taken an overdose on 5 January, the court heard. Mr Weeks became ‘upset and concerned’ and rang the police.
Mr Weeks said he feared his career was over after Nordquist sent his colleagues emails claiming he had raped her
Nordquist began sending threatening messages to herself and Mr Weeks made to look as though they were from a third party
Six says later Nordquist began sending messages to herself and Mr Weekes made to look as though they were from a third party.
Nordquist repeatedly told Mr Weeks they were ‘being watched,’ the court heard.
Nordquist faked her own kidnapping
One email on 13 January read: ‘You are going to meet at 3pm at Shoreditch Grind (cafe). If neither of you show, we’re going to release your past secrets around the office. We will come for you.’
When Mr Weeks didn’t show he recieved a message saying: ‘I gave you both a chance to show up. Tick tock, the rabbit’s got f***ed.’
Most messages were signed off with ‘tick-tock Mark Weeks,’ jurors were told.
Nordquist also sent tagged posts to Mr Weeks’ Unruly clients accusing him of rape.
One read: ‘[Mark Weeks] raped her.Unruler raped and assaulted an employee. Still went to work with him and trying to cover it up.’
Ms Robinson told jurors Nordquist harassed ‘not only Mark Weeks but employees of Unruly too.’
When Nordquist attended Bethnal Green police station on 26 January her phone and iPad were seized and officers found searches about sending fake emails and stalking on her devices.
Ms Robinson said: ‘She told police she and Mark Weekes were being stalked. She claimed her searches were all related to trying to find out about stalking.’
When she was arrested again four days later, police found searches for ‘fake babies’ and a silicon baby bump had been ordered on Amazon.
She had also researched whether police can track where emails are sent from.
Nordquist, who lives in Tower Hamlets, east London, was found guilty of two counts stalking, two counts of sending malicious communications and one count of perverting course of justice
Nordquist ran a bizarre defence case in which she said she was kidnapped by a real-life ‘James Bond’ who she met at a Soho bar.
She claimed the MI5 agent, Max Brown, later handed her a manila envelope containing photos of her having sex with Mr Weeks.
She told the court that the photos were taken via a secret camera installed in her lightbulb.
She said she was raped on April 19 after three men, including Brown came to her apartment. Nordquist claimed she was then kidnapped and taken to Scotland on a train.
Nordquist ran a bizarre defence case in which she said she was kidnapped by a real-life ‘James Bond’
She was caught on CCTV alone at Euston Station that same night wearing a wig.
She said: ‘They told me to put this really long wig on.’
Scottish police located her at the hostel in Aviemore on April 20 and she was taken into police custody, the court heard.
Nordquist, who lives in Tower Hamlets, east London, denied two counts stalking, two counts of sending malicious communications and one count of perverting course of justice. She was found guilty on all counts by the jury.
Judge Paul Southern adjourned sentencing to a date to be fixed and remanded Nordquist in custody.
He said: ‘I can not see how an immediate custodial sentence can be avoided. The question is the length of it. I am concerned about having the information I need about Jessica Nordquist.
‘During the period these offences were committed Ms Nordquist was admitted to a psychiatric facility. We know that the police were concerned enough when they found her at Aviemore to take her to have a mental heath assessment.’
DC Joanne Farrell, formerly of the Community Safety Unit at Tower Hamlets, said: ‘Infatuation or revenge, Nordquist’s motivation remains unknown. She pursued a relentless campaign of stalking – culminating in faking her own kidnap and assault – that caused immense distress and embarrassment to the victim, his colleagues and loved ones; and even her own family.
‘Throughout the investigation and trial, Nordquist has shown she is a compulsive liar and deeply manipulative. She was offered numerous opportunities to admit her offending and receive help, but she repeatedly refused to do so; forcing the need for a trial.
‘Her actions diverted police resources from real victims of crime. Her lack of technical expertise and clumsy attempts to cover her tracks by ‘hiding in plain sight’ ultimately led to her conviction, which would not have been possible without the cooperation of UK mobile phone networks and other businesses – for which the Metropolitan police are grateful.’