Wife’s act of naked re­venge

Taranaki Daily News - - Front Page - CATHER­INE GROENESTEIN

A wife took re­venge over her hus­band’s af­fair by dis­tribut­ing nude pho­tos of the other woman around their com­mu­nity.

Pho­to­copies of nude pho­to­graphs of the vic­tim, which she had sent to the de­fen­dant’s hus­band, were placed on car wind­screens and mailed to busi­nesses and the vic­tim’s own hus­band.

An­other copy of the pho­tos and a hand­writ­ten note which said ‘‘nice self­ies’’, along with the vic­tim’s name, was sent to her work­place.

The ac­tions landed Gay­lyne Joy Fowler, 49, and an­other woman in Haw­era Dis­trict Court on Tues­day, jointly charged with of­fen­sive be­hav­iour.

The vic­tim had an af­fair with Fowler’s hus­band which started in the be­gin­ning of July 2014 and con­tin­ued for a short pe­riod of time, po­lice pros­e­cu­tor sergeant Steve Hickey said.

‘‘Dur­ing this af­fair the vic­tim sent nude in­ti­mate pho­to­graphs of her­self to Fowler’s hus­band, which were sub­se­quently dis­cov­ered by his teenage son and shown to Fowler.

‘‘This led to the end of Fowler’s 25-year mar­riage.’’

Fowler kept copies of the nude in­ti­mate pho­to­graphs and videos of sex­ual en­coun­ters be­tween the vic­tim and Fowler’s hus­band, Hickey said.

Fowler’s hus­band is a for­mer chief fire of­fi­cer of the Haw­era Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade.

In court, Fowler pleaded guilty to the charge, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of $1000.

She was not re­quired to en­ter the dock.

Hickey said in early Novem­ber 2016 Fowler printed off an A4-sized page con­tain­ing sev­eral nude pho­to­graphs of the vic­tim and made ap­prox­i­mately 10 copies.

On Novem­ber 5, dur­ing a Fire Ser­vice gold star medal pre­sen­ta­tion, about five copies of the page with the nude pho­to­graphs were placed un­der the wind­shield wipers of ve­hi­cles parked in the Haw­era Fire sta­tion carpark.

And on Novem­ber 9, a plain en­ve­lope was slipped un­der the door of the vic­tim’s place of work, con­tain­ing the note and pho­tos.

This was opened by the re­cep­tion­ist at the work­place who then handed it to the vic­tim.

Be­tween the 18th of Novem­ber and the 28th of Novem­ber, fur­ther let­ters con­tain­ing the nude pho­to­graphs were posted to busi­nesses, the Haw­era Fire Sta­tion, and the vic­tim’s hus­band.

These let­ters con­tained the same nude in­ti­mate pho­to­graphs of the vic­tim and also had small news­pa­per cut-outs to as­sist the re­ceivers in iden­ti­fy­ing the vic­tim as the sub­ject in the pho­to­graphs.

‘‘The ex­pla­na­tion is pretty self­evi­dent as to why this hap­pened,’’ Hickey said af­ter read­ing the po­lice sum­mary to the court.

Judge Philip Cray­ton fined Fowler $250.

‘‘I should imag­ine that since you have been charged you have had plenty of time to con­sider your po­si­tion and the trou­ble you got into,’’ he said.

‘‘You know you shouldn’t have em­barked on that be­hav­iour.’’

The sec­ond de­fen­dant, Myree Mihi Wood­head, 44, did not en­ter a plea when she ap­peared and was re­manded to Jan­uary 31.

Nei­ther woman has ap­peared be­fore the court be­fore.

ANDY JACK­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

The Masters build­ing on Eg­mont St in cen­tral New Ply­mouth is pulled to the ground.

PHOTO: ANDY JACK­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Gone for­ever - the old Masters build­ing.

PHOTO: ANDY JACK­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

A bit close? A man watches the de­mo­li­tion work.

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