Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Woman Put Lewd Pics of Partner's Ex on Instagram

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Woman Put Lewd Pics of Partner's Ex on Instagram

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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. …

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