A man who threatened to send nude photos and videos to his ex-partner’s employer has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Court heard that the 42-year-old also set up an Instagram account under a different name with photos and videos of his ex-partner intoxicated.
Grahame Edward Jellie, of Donnybrook Street in Belfast, pleaded guilty to harassment, two counts of improper use of public electronic communications and two counts of improper use of public communications he knew to be false at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Prosecution outlined how the injured party had made a report in November of last year that she had been harassed by her ex-partner, the defendant.
He had sent her texts and Whatsapp messages which she had screenshotted. He had also sent messages and videos to her employer although these were not of an explicit nature.
The injured party stated that after inviting Jellie to her home to ask about damage caused to her car, he had threatened to leak nude photos and videos to her employer.
It was confirmed that contact had been made with her employer but no explicit images or videos were sent.
The defendant also set up an Instagram account under a different name with photos and videos of her intoxicated.
Defence barrister Joel Lindsay stated that these offences occurred 10 months ago and there had been nothing relevant since.
He added that when interviewed by police, Jellie apologised for his actions, citing difficulty with accepting that the relationship had ended.
District Judge Eamon King stated: “This is a particularly nasty episode. He contacted not only the injured party but also her employers which shows a real level of immaturity.”
Jellie was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years and a restraining order was put in place for a period of two years.
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