Swaffham ‘revenge porn’ man jailed for 16 weeks

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A Swaffham man who posted ‘revenge porn’ photos of a woman on Facebook after their relationship ended was jailed for 16 weeks today.

Christopher Rowland posted the sexually explicit images after the woman wrote “critical” comments about him on the social network site after they split up.

The 35-year-old admitted disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress when he appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

As well as the custodial sentence, magistrates imposed a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman.

Prosecutor Fergus Harold said the woman had posted a Facebook status with critical comments about Rowland.

He said: “He became angry at the comments which were being made. He then posted a comment himself and two sexually intimate photos of her, which were taken consentually.”

In police interview, Rowland, who is currently living at Westgate Street, Hilborough, said he posted the photos in anger and to “shut her up”.

Mr Harold said the incident had caused the woman a great deal of distress.

“She says as a result of the images being posted, she has been left feeling embarrassed and mortified. She has had numerous comments from friends and associates who had seen the images.

“She leaves the windows and doors locked as she says he’ll try to turn up and make contact with her.”

Ian Graham, representing Rowland, told the court he regretting posting the images as soon as he’d done it.

He said: “He took umbrage to the comments being made on Facebook and decided to post deeply intimate pictures.

The case was thought to be the first ‘revenge porn’ case dealt with under new legislation in West Norfolk.