A man has avoided a prison sentence despite sending revenge porn images of a woman to her friend while sending her threatening messages.
Michael Dale, 39, hounded his victim with “wholly inappropriate and vile” messages and even going as far to tell her that he hoped she died and that he was fearless of both the police and the law.
Dale, of Sunny Bank, Hull, Yorkshire, was present at Hull Magistrates' Court when he admitted to sending private sexual photos of a woman to another person on November 30 and harassing her between April 1 and December 16 last year, Hull Live reports.
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The court heard that the victim was left “embarrassed and upset” by Dale's actions and feared that he would send the “photos of a revealing nature” to other people.
Dale's constant abusive emails and texts to the victim were read out by James Byatt, prosecuting, who said Dale called his victim a “sl*g” and saying “hope you die”.
He also told her: “Watch what happens, you sl*g” and “I’m afraid of no law.”
It was on November 30 when Dale sent the woman’s male friend “photos of a revealing nature” with woman believing Dale sent the photos to the man as he believed they were in a relationship together but in fact, they are just friends, the woman confirmed.
This wasn't Dale's first brush with the law as the 39-year-old has had convictions for four previous offences, including assault in 2015.
Michael Robinson, mitigating, said: “There was clearly little or no planning in respect of this offence. There was a significant level of intoxication when the offence was committed.”
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Dale showed willingness to take part in the most intensive course provided by the probation service as well as previously completing a community order “without blemish”.
Deputy district judge Wajid Khalil told Dale: “You will appreciate the enormous impact, distress and humiliation you have caused your former partner by sending those photographs and, indeed, constantly sending messages, both text messages and emails, which were not only abusive but of a wholly inappropriate and vile nature.
“The photographs were designed to cause a great deal of interference with the complainant’s life. The only saving grace is that the images were sent on one occasion only and not widely or publicly shared.”
Dale avoided prison and was instead given a 26-week suspended prison sentence, 60 hours’ unpaid work, 15 days’ rehabilitation and a Building Better Relationships programme.
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