Man jailed for posting sex images of ex-partner online
- 31 October 2011
- From the section Nottingham
A Nottingham man who posted sexual images of his former girlfriend online as he stalked her via social networking sites has been jailed for four months.
Shane Webber, 23, of Hodgkin Close in Clifton, sent photographs and personal details about Ruth Jeffery, 22, to her family and strangers.
Webber admitted one count of harassment at an earlier hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court.
Miss Jeffery, from Southampton, said she was devastated by Webber's actions.
Outside court she said even if Webber had received the maximum jail sentence magistrates could impose - six months - it would not have made up for the hurt she had been caused.
She said: "I am extremely pleased with the outcome. The maximum sentence in a magistrates' court will never make up for the hurt he had put me through but I am pleased I can now put it behind me.
'Cruel and calculated'
"I was absolutely devastated when I found out it was him. I could not believe it was Shane. I did not want to believe it."
Miss Jeffery said she had been "intentionally controlled, belittled and harmed" by Webber, and that his behaviour was "cruel and calculated".
The court heard Webber also tried to implicate one of his friends, Lee Evans, by putting the posts in an email address bearing Mr Evans's name, leading to his arrest.
Webber was only found out when Miss Jeffery's family made their own inquiries and the emails were traced back to him.
Miss Jeffery, a computing science student at Loughborough University, said her family suspected it was Webber but she could not comprehend how he could do such a thing.
In mitigation, solicitor Janet Grey said: "He realises, for the first time, the devastating impact this has had on Ruth and her family."
District Judge Anthony Callaway said the offence was a "gross violation of Miss Jeffery's privacy".
He also imposed a five-year restraining order on Webber prohibiting him from contacting Miss Jeffery or posting images of her online.