Woman put lewd pics of partner’s ex on instagram
VICTIM ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AFTER PHOTOS WERE SHARED
A JEALOUS girlfriend shamed her partner’s ex by posting lewd pictures of her on Instagram, leaving the victim suicidal, a court heard.
Clothing boss Rachel Dale, 28, had discovered the graphic images on her partner’s phone on the day of her birthday – and then shared them with her 2,000 followers, having warned the victim: “They will be all over the internet tomorrow”.
Although she deleted the pictures from her page after just eight minutes, they had already been circulated on social media forums and internet chatrooms.
The unnamed victim was so devastated by the disclosure she tried to take her own life and was treated in hospital before being allowed home.
At Tameside magistrates court, Dale, of Stalybridge, wept as she admitted an offence of disclosing a private sexual photograph with intent to cause distress under ‘Revenge Porn laws.’
But she walked free with a suspended jail term after she claimed the offence occurred after she had been made redundant from another clothing firm where she had been a retail buyer.
The court heard that Ms Dale’s boyfriend had a brief affair with the victim – several years ago, before he met Dale – and that she sent various explicit pictures of herself to him.
The woman had asked him to delete the images just a day after she sent them but the court heard the explicit pictures remained on his phone.
Prosecutor Ashley Seetal told JPs: “In October this year, the defendant finds these pictures of the victim on (her boyfriend’s) phone before uploading them to Instagram, a popular social media site.
“The Instagram account which the images were uploaded on was a joint Instagram account used by the defendant and (her boyfriend). This had been set up and was used to promote the business which they worked together on.
“The account had 2,000 followers. These pictures were uploaded and made public, this means that the images can be seen by all 2,000 followers.
“Prior to uploading the images to Instagram, the defendant sent the victim a message and in that message she alluded to posting the pictures online and in one message she said: ‘They will be all over the internet tomorrow.’
“The images being uploaded of a graphic and intimate area, were shared to a number of group chats and social media chats.
“The victim did attempt to take her own life, this was a serious attempt and she was taken to hospital and received treatment. The images when posted onto Instagram, the popular social media site, were viewable to a number of followers and the wider public. There is evidence of serious distress and serious significant psychological harm.”
A probation report read to the court said Dale ‘accepts full responsibility’ and has ‘said if she could turn back the clock she would.’ She claimed to have been suffering from anxiety at the time – having been made redundant days earlier.
“She has not told her family in fear of their reaction. She has got a stable lifestyle. She has concerns, she is not sure if the relationship will continue long-term. She still has to work things out with the business,” the report said.
“Whilst the victim had slept with her boyfriend, this hadn’t previously played on the mind of the defendant and the two parties have little to do with each other and were at an amicable level.
“But she went out celebrating the night before as it was her birthday and on finding the photo on the phone, she says she acted on impulse with intent of seeking revenge. She said she was quite distressed and said ‘there were no other options at the time.’”
In mitigation, Dale’s defence lawyer Gavin Clarke said: “This offence is something she genuinely regrets. She is aware of the impact this has had on the victim in this matter. It was upsetting and there are trust issues. She reacted there and then.”
Dale was sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail, suspended for a year, and was ordered to pay £200 in costs and surcharges.
Rachel Dale was given a suspended jail sentence