Both be see­ing me very soon – you’re dead, trust me...

RE­VENGE PORN THUG’S CHILLING THREAT TO EX AND BOYFRIEND

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SO­PHIE WHEELER

A BRUTE who posted nude pic­tures of his ex-girl­friend on so­cial me­dia af­ter they split up has been jailed for al­most four years.

Scaf­folder Dale Grimes, 25, put two in­ti­mate pic­tures of the woman on a What­sApp group when he found out she was dat­ing an­other man.

The vic­tim urged Grimes to take down the images – but not be­fore 25 peo­ple had seen them.

The fa­ther-of-one later sent the woman a se­ries of threat­en­ing mes­sages af­ter dis­cov­er­ing she had re­ported the ‘re­venge porn at­tack’ to po­lice.

He sent her a selfie with the cap­tion ‘show this pic­ture to your boyfriend so he knows what’s com­ing for him.’

He later at­tacked the cou­ple at a petrol sta­tion be­fore slash­ing the tyres of their car with a penknife.

A text he sent the fol­low­ing day read: “Both be see­ing me very soon. You’re dead – trust me.”

The in­ci­dents oc­curred just six months af­ter Grimes, from Sal­ford, was given a sus­pended jail term over a drunken ram­page at a hol­i­day park in North Wales, in which he threat­ened a sea fish­er­man at knife­point.

At Min­shull Street Crown Court, Manch­ester, Grimes ad­mit­ted dis­clos­ing pri­vate sex­ual pho­to­graphs with in­tent to cause distress, as­sault by beat­ing, send­ing threat­en­ing mes­sages and crim­i­nal dam­age and was jailed for 45 months.

He also pleaded guilty to un­re­lated of­fences of racially ag­gra­vated as­sault and af­fray over an in­ci­dent at a Tesco Ex­press store in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

The court heard Grimes be­gan ter­ror­is­ing his ex-girl­friend in Jan­uary this year af­ter they split up.

Pros­e­cu­tor An­drew MacIn­tosh said: ‘’He posted two in­de­cent images of her on a What­sApp ac­count. She texted the de­fen­dant to re­move them.

“The de­fen­dant told her that some 25 peo­ple had looked at these images be­fore be­ing taken down. Later he cre­ated an In­sta­gram ac­count and sent mes­sages to her call­ing her a ‘grass’ as she had con­tacted the po­lice.

“That evening she and her boyfriend drove to a petrol sta­tion in Sal­ford. He re­mained in the car but when she got out she saw the de­fen­dant ap­proached.

“The de­fen­dant said the boyfriend opened the door and grabbed hold of him in a head­lock. She saw the de­fen­dant had a penknife and a strug­gle en­sued with the boyfriend scream­ing at the de­fen­dant to stop.

‘“The boyfriend re­ceived two cuts. The de­fen­dant then, hav­ing assaulted the boyfriend, punc­tured the ve­hi­cles tyres. The fol­low­ing day she re­ceived two mes­sages from the de­fen­dant say­ing ‘both be see­ing me very soon. You’re dead - trust me.’ In mit­i­ga­tion, Grimes’ lawyer Matthew Howarth said: “He clearly has men­tal health is­sues in­clud­ing un­di­ag­nosed ADHD and un­der­ly­ing de­pres­sion. He lost his grand­mother and un­cle and he was very close to both and he started drinking very heav­ily.

“It’s not an ex­cuse to be­have as he did but he has gen­uine re­morse and is fully apolo­getic for his ac­tions.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Tina Lan­dale told Grimes: “You may say you were suf­fer­ing emo­tional up­heaval but only a cus­to­dial sen­tence can be jus­ti­fied. Your at­tack demon­strated your in­ca­pa­bil­ity of leav­ing your part­ner alone.”

Grimes was also banned from con­tact­ing his ex-girl­friend for three years un­der the terms of a re­strain­ing or­der.

Your at­tack demon­strated your in­ca­pa­bil­ity of leav­ing your part­ner alone

Judge Tina Lan­dale

Dale Grimes was jailed for 45 months

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