A person who threatened to ship intimate footage of his ex-partner to her household and buddies after she refused to permit him entry to her Netflix account has been jailed for 2 and a half years.
Stephen Coveney Ryan appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court docket in Co Donegal.
He’s charged with threatening to distribute or publish an intimate picture with out the consent of one other particular person with the intent to trigger hurt or being reckless as as to if hurt is prompted to the opposite particular person which he pleaded responsible to.
On the identical date, twenty third January, 2022 at an unknown place, he was additionally charged with making threats to kill the identical girl which was taken into consideration.
Particulars of the incident got by Detective Garda Patrick Kelly.
The courtroom heard the couple had been in a relationship however had break up and that the girl had taken out a barring order in opposition to 27-year-old Coveney Ryan in March, 2022.
The accused tried to speak with the girl by altering his Netflix profile on the girl’s account and leaving a message for her.
The contents of this message can’t be printed in order to not establish the sufferer.
Gardai suggested the girl to chop off all contact with Coveney Ryan and as a part of this she modified her log-in particulars for her Netflix account.
As she did so she checked all her social media messages together with Fb, WhatsApp and others.
On March seventh, she observed older Fb messages from an individual utilizing the profile John McGuinness.
She mentioned that Coveney Ryan typically used this identify.
Various messages had been left on the girl’s Fb messenger making threats to the girl.
The McGuinness account (utilized by Coveney Ryan) made threats warning that he would distribute intimate footage to her household and buddies if he was not allowed again into the Netflix account.
Coveney Ryan, who was raised in Tipperary however is now incarcerated, added that the girl had three hours or he would begin sharing the intimate image together with her household and buddies in three hours from the risk.
In one other message, he warned that she was “pushing the fallacious buttons in the present day darling” and added “f*** with me and I’ll kill you in the present day.”
A letter of apology written by the accused was learn out in courtroom by the accused man’s barrister, Mr Patrick Gageby, SC.
The courtroom was additionally instructed that Coveney Ryan has 12 earlier convictions and so they embody making threats to kill or trigger critical hurt, thefts, possession of a managed drug, public order and housebreaking.
A sufferer impression assertion from the girl was additionally handed into the courtroom however was not learn out.
Mr Gageby mentioned his shopper had a traumatic upbringing, together with his father leaving the household house when he was simply three-years-old whereas his mom suffered psychological well being points which led him to being positioned in care.
He mentioned nevertheless, that his shopper was not with out intelligence and perception and that his letter of apology to his former companion gave a sign of that.
Mr Gageby mentioned he appreciated the courtroom did must impose a consecutive sentence arising out of the truth that this offence was dedicated whereas Coveney Ryan was on bail for an offence which he’s now serving a custodial sentence for.
He referred Decide John Aylmer to a complete report by psychologist Dr Kevin Lambe saying his report mirrored a really unhappy story and requested the courtroom to peruse the report.
He added that this specific incident occurred round a time of excessive emotion whereas he was smoking hashish and the like.
He mentioned his shopper is due for launch from jail on March fifth and it’s his shopper’s intention to reside and work in Dundalk the place he has buddies who’re respectable.
Mr Gageby instructed the Probation Service might also have a task in addition to the psychological well being providers.
Decide Aylmer mentioned the utmost sentence for the offence was certainly one of seven years and famous an aggravating issue within the case was that Coveney Ryan was dedicated whereas out on bail.
Added this the truth that it was dedicated in opposition to a former companion meant it was much more critical below Part 40 of the Home Violence Act.
He positioned the offence within the mid-range of such offences and one which merited a sentence of three years in jail earlier than mitigation.
Decide Aylmer famous the letter despatched to the sufferer by the accused and mentioned it appeared he was an clever man and famous the incident occurred whereas Coveney Ryan was in a heightened state of emotion.
He added that it additionally appeared he was taking concrete steps whereas in jail and due to these elements he would cut back that sentence to certainly one of two and a half years.
He additionally suspended the ultimate 12 months of the sentence if he indicators a bond to be of excellent behaviour, abstain from alcohol and unprescribed medication and attend the MOVE (Males Overcoming Violence) programme.
Man who threatened to share intimate footage of ex after Netflix row is jailed was final modified: February 1st, 2024 by