20th Sep, 2020

Man’s revenge lands him with jail term

Worcester Editorial 30th Sep, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

AN ANGRY ex-boyfriend became the first man in Worcester to be convicted of a revenge porn offence when he was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail.

Timothy Bird, of Ransom Avenue, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (September 25) to publishing explicit images with the intent to cause distress, and causing £1,000 worth of damage to his his ex-girlfriend’s car.

Jackie Rogers, prosecuting, told the court the 21-year-old was in an ‘on-and-off relationship’ with the victim for about four years and had exchanged intimate pictures during that time, which she asked him delete when it ended.

The victim had a missed call from Bird on August 8 and when she asked why he contacted her he said ‘You’ll see’.

Miss Rogers said: “The victim logged on to Twitter and found the defendant had posted five personal photos of her to his account.

“Two more were on Facebook and five were on his wall. Most of these are full body naked photos of her and two are of her in just underwear.”

The court heard she had gone to Bird’s home to ask him to take them down but he refused and spat in her face. She wiped it away before she was spat on several more times.

Bird ran upstairs but came back down. The victim ran to her car as he followed and she saw him swipe the side of her Audi door and kick the passenger window.

He left two long scratches on the car door as well as damage to the window and bumper.

Defence solicitor, Ian Martin told the court Bird had not been charged with assault and denied spitting.

“You have heard from the victim and how she feels as a result of all this. I do not want to try to excuse anything he has done but just to put it into context,” Mr Martin said.

“The relationship had broken down due to infidelity on her part. This is not to dismiss how she feels but he also feels very embarrassed.

“It is no excuse for him damaging her car but I ask you to bear that in mind,” he added.

District Judge Cadbury said: “You published private and intimate photos of your ex-partner and caused damage to her car. By committing these offences you behaved in a despicable and contemptible manner.

“I regard this as a bad case with aggravating features. First of all the victim specifically asked you delete these photos and instead you did quite the opposite.”

Bird was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for publishing the pictures and another four weeks for criminal damage. He was also ordered to pay £180 in court charges and a £100 victim surcharge.

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