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Woman convicted of posting online sex ads for two unwitting people

An Irish woman has been convicted of posting ads offering sex on a classifieds website on behalf of two unwitting people.

A jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned verdicts of guilty on four counts of defamation, and on two counts of publishing material which was grossly offensive, indecent or obscene.

Aishling Madden (34) was accused of putting up posts on behalf of Mr David Henry and Ms Louise Vivash on the Gumtree website, offering various sexual acts and listing the pair's phone numbers and addresses. Ms Vivash told the court she received up to 20 calls from interested parties before the ad was taken down. Judge Patrick McCartan remanded Madden on bail pending sentence later this month.

The court heard that four people were in Madden’s house on the night the posts were made and they did it as a practical joke.

Madden said in interview that she was working as a temporary receptionist in 2006 when she came across Ms Vivash's CV on the work computer. She emailed it to herself as she thought it was a good example of a receptionist's CV and she wanted to study it.

Sgt Coogan said Ms Vivash's CV appeared alongside the sexual comments and her contact details on the Gumtree website.

Mark Gibson, who worked with Gumtree at the time, gave evidence of the two messages posted on June 18 or 19, 2006.

He said one gave Mr Henry's phone number and email, that he was a “keen operator” who liked to be called “captain caveman”.

The other message was titled ‘Diva with a heart of gold' and gave the number and email of Ms Vivash. It included the line: “Snell Snell Snell, I also speak good German during adult playtim.”

Both Mr Henry and Ms Vivash said the ads’ content was not true.

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