A JILTED lover posted explicit photographs of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook pages he set up in her name.
Malcolm Brady set up four bogus profiles on the social networking site, and signed his former partner up to a website advertising for sex, Sunderland magistrates heard.
The 45-year-old added pictures sent to him by his ex while they were together – which had been intended for his eyes only – and also referred to the victim’s employer on the fake profiles, which got her into trouble at work, the court was told.
The long-distance lorry driver told police his actions were intended to “hurt” the woman, after their eight-month “on-off” relationship ended in December.
The pair, childhood friends, started dating after being reintroduced last year, by a mutual friend on Facebook.
After Brady quit his job to join the woman, who lives in Kent, he refused to accept the situation when the relationship ended, and bombarded her with up to 30 text messages, e-mails and phone calls a day, despite his victim telling him to leave her alone.
In May, one of her friends received a friend request from a profile purporting to be her.
Police later discovered three further profiles set up by Brady in her name.
Brady, of Campsie Close, Lambton, Washington, admitted harassing his ex-partner.
Philippa Wylie, defending, said a number of Brady’s ex-girlfriends had been willing to go to court to testify that this was not his normal behaviour.
Most of the messages, Ms Wylie said, were of a loving nature. “It’s a very fine line between love and hate,” she added.
“All his anger and frustration has been taken out on this Facebook account.”
District Judge Roger Elsey sentenced Brady to a 12-month supervision order, and told him: “You acted in anger and intended to humiliate your former partner.
“You didn’t understand that your behaviour was obsessive and controlling, and there needs to be a period of work before the risk that you pose can be reduced.
“If you come to court for this sort of behaviour again, you can expect a prison sentence.”
Brady was also told to pay £200 in compensation, a £60 victim surcharge, and £40 costs.
He was also given a four-year restraining order with a specific condition, that he does not access or apply for accounts in his ex’s name during that period.