Work or­der for ‘revenge porn’ threat man, 20

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

A DUNDEE man who threat­ened to dis­play an im­age of a woman in an in­ti­mate sit­u­a­tion has be­come one of the first to be pros­e­cuted un­der leg­is­la­tion that came into force in July.

Kieran Coyle, 20, of Laird Street, ad­mit­ted threat­en­ing the woman i n a so­called “revenge porn” as­sault in Au­gust.

Coyle is thought to be the first Dundee res­i­dent charged un­der the Abu­sive Be­hav­iour and Sex­ual Harm (Scot­land) Act 2016.

A cam­paign was launched by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the law.

Per­pe­tra­tors have been warned they can face up to five years in prison if found guilty of com­mit­ting crimes against the Act.

How­ever, Coyle was spared de­ten­tion when he ap­peared for sen­tenc­ing at the sher­iff court. In­stead, he was or­dered to carry out 100 hours of un­paid work.

At his trial, the court heard Coyle met the woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, through a dat­ing app be­fore com­mu­ni­cat­ing with her on so­cial me­dia.

They ex­changed “ex­plicit” pic­tures, but the re­la­tion­ship ended af­ter the woman failed t o re­pay money he had loaned to her.

Coyle then threat­ened to post an im­age of the woman on so­cial me­dia to gain ret­ri­bu­tion for the money he was owed.

So­lic­i­tor Jim Laverty, rep­re­sent­ing Coyle, told the court his client was “very em­bar­rassed with him­self”.

Mr Laverty said: “They met through a dat­ing app and com­mu­ni­cated through so­cial me­dia.

“They then found dif­fi­cul­ties be­cause Mr Coyle, who was in full-time em­ploy­ment at the time, of­fered to lend her money.

“The money was then not re­paid and he i nti­mated that he would share the im­age be­cause of this.

“It was a threat, but it was prob­a­bly a threat that he would have never car­ried out.

“He ac­cepts that this would have caused stress to the young lady. He is very em­bar­rassed with him­self.”

Coyle ad­mit­ted try­ing to cause t he woman f ear, alarm or dis­tress by threat­en­ing to dis­close the photo of her, in an in­ti­mate sit­u­a­tion, which had not been dis­closed to the pub­lic pre­vi­ously, over so­cial me­dia.

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