Dunstable man jailed for putting revenge porn on Facebook

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A Dunstable man who humiliated a woman with revenge porn on Facebook hung his head in shame as he was jailed for ten months on Monday.

Jeremiah Nanquil, 42, wiped tears from his eyes during his sentencing at Harrow Crown Court as it was told of the stalking campaign against his victim.

The court heard that Nanquil, of Clare Court in Edward Street, Dunstable, was angry at the woman and sought to destroy her reputation.

On October 16, 2014, the victim was at work when Nanquil texted her to check her emails to see a picture he was going to send to her male friends on Facebook.

Opening her emails, she saw an explicit picture of herself along with threats from Nanquil to share it.

Prosecutor Mark Kimsey said: “She went on Facebook and saw the defendant had created a false account of her, using the image of her.”

Nanquil had used the account to send friend requests to the woman’s friends. Shocked and upset, she contacted Facebook.

Mr Kimsey said: “It took one or two days for them to take the image down.

“Within a few days it reappeared and this happened several times.”

The profile was reactivated in November.

On this occasion, a picture showed the woman lying naked with her face blotted out.

Tauntingly, on another occasion a redacted picture showed just her face, but the woman was aware the rest of the picture revealed her naked.

Mr Kimsey said: “She found all of these things humiliating and degrading.

“She got her friends to report the matter to Facebook but the images remained live until the end of November 2014.”

A brief period of quiet then followed until the end of 2014 and the woman was hopeful that Nanquil had stopped harassing her.

But in January 2015 she received a voicemail from a stranger with a female voice.

It purported to be from her local council and enquired about an alleged benefit fraud.

The woman immediately contacted her council who had no idea what she was referring to.

Meanwhile she received a number of abusive text messages from Nanquil.

Reading some of the messages, Judge Freya Newbery said: “I can see they are insulting and humiliating.”

Nanquil’s defence argued that he was a man of previous good character, with no convictions in the past. He had worked as an assistant physiotherapist.

Nanquil’s defence stated: “When he looks back on it, it was a disgusting thing to do to somebody.

“As soon as police arrested him he made admission of his wrongdoing.”

In her summary, Judge Newbery said: “Through anger, perhaps revenge ... you sought to damage this woman’s reputation, humiliate her and upset her to a great degree.

“It became public to all the people who knew her and whose opinion of her counted.”

Judge Newbery recounted the revenge porn on Facebook and said: “All of that was extremely humiliating and degrading for her and it went on and on.

“Not content, using some sort of female friend you called her, telling her it was someone from the council and this was a purported allegation of benefit fraud.

“This was very worrying for her.

“You placed her in a very stressful position by making malicious accusations.”

Nanquil was sentenced to ten months in prison, with the ruling to serve half of the sentence.

He also received a statutory surcharge of £100 and a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman for five years.