A Norton man has been handed a community order after threatening to send sexually explicit images of a woman to her abusive ex-partner.
Richard McCall sent five emails to his victim, where he made threats to send three videos to her former partner, who is subject to a restraining order. The 40-year-old admitted harassment without violence and was handed a community order by magistrates on Friday, May 27.
Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that the victim feared that if McCall had followed through on his threats, the videos would reignited the problems she was having. Among the clips McCall sent his victim, he also sent a screenshot of her former partner’s Facebook page showing he had the ability to contact him.
Prosecutor Liz McGowan said: “She says it was about 2.30am in the morning when she received these five messages. They included screenshots of his Facebook page that, to her, cause distress because she realised then he had his contact details. .
“As a result, the threat that he was going to send these videos to him became more profound to the victim.” Magistrates heard that McCall, of Centenary Crescent, had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and made admissions during his police interview.
Paul Dixon, mitigating, outlined that the messages were sent at a time when the defendant was having a “meltdown” following a car crash which had meant he was unable to return to work. He said: “It was one thing after another that led him to make the threats.
“There was never any intention for him to do what he said he would do. He has apologised in the best way he can by entering an early guilty plea.”
McCall was handed a 18-month community order and told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He must also complete 10 rehabilitation activity days and pay a total of £180 as part of court costs and a victim surcharge.