Thursday, 13 August 2015

Window Cleaner Heads To Jail After Gross Breach Of Trust

Sean Pinkney was sentenced to 20 weeks behind bars for posting a sexually explicit photo on Facebook of a former partner 'to humiliate her'.
Jealous ex jailed for posting revenge porn on Facebook to 'humiliate' former girlfriend: Caged for five months, Sean Pinkney, 44, is the first in Greater Manchester to be jailed for the lewd act which was seen online by a mother at the victim's child's school

A jealous man has been jailed after posting a ‘sexually explicit’ picture of an ex-girlfriend online in an act of revenge. Sean Pinkney, 44, is the first in Greater Manchester to be sentenced for such an offence. He posted the picture on Facebook and left it there for four hours in a bid to humiliate a former partner, a court heard.

It was only when the victim went to pick up her children from school the following day that another mother told her the picture had been posted online. The mortified victim was ‘quite humiliated and very upset’ and immediately contacted police, who arrested Pinkney. Window cleaner Pinkney has now been locked up for 20 weeks by a district magistrate who described his actions as ‘a gross breach of trust’.

Window cleaner, Sean Pinkney.
The magistrate said the defendant posted the picture ‘solely to humiliate’ the victim and also imposed a restraining order on Pinkney. He said: “I can’t think of a more severe way this could be done. “Four hours in internet terms is a lifetime. A few seconds is a short period of time, four hours certainly is not. “It’s clear other people have viewed this image. Another mother at the school pointed it out.”

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard that Pinkney and the victim had split up. On July 14, Pinkney sent the victim several phone messages which included sexually explicit pictures of her which she had allowed him to take during their relationship. When she went to collect her children from school the following day, one of the mothers told her the images were on Facebook, the court heard.

Pinkney admitted the offence during police interview and told officers he had posted the image to ‘humiliate’ his former partner as he believed she had sent a topless picture of herself to another man. Pinkney, of Dorning Road in Swinton, pleaded guilty to disclosing a private sexual photograph with intent to cause distress.

Sean Pinkney
Nnamdi Inegbu, defending, said Pinkney was not aware this was a criminal offence until it was pointed out to him at the police station. He said the dad had acted out of jealousy when he saw a picture of the victim showing her body to another man.

Mr Inegbu said Pinkney posted just one picture of the victim to Facebook and had intended to remove it after four hours. He said: “Once he posted it other people on the site asked to share and it snowballed.”

Mr Inegbu said the victim had ‘cheated’ on Pinkney and by sending the picture he had hoped to put some closure on the relationship. He added: “He recognises the emotional distress he has caused.”

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