Belfast Telegraph

Jilted Derry man Aaron Connor who posted naked shots of ex to her Facebook friends denied bail

By George Jackson

A man who admitted hacking into his ex-girlfriend's Facebook account and then posting naked images of her to her work colleagues and to her Facebook contacts has been remanded in custody.

Aaron Connor (37) from Cromore Gardens in the Creggan area of Londonderry, posted the naked images of his former girlfriend, who was naked with her arms across her breasts, after she had ended their eight month relationship. District Judge Barney McElholm said it was "clearly an act of revenge porn. This is about control and about exercising dominance over somebody else".

Defence solicitor Richard Campbell said that during their eight-month relationship the defendant and his then girlfriend exchanged 37,605 Facebook messages.

He said the defendant admitted harassing his former girlfriend by emailing her, texting her, leaving messages on her voicemail and by posting her naked images on Facebook.

Mr Campbell said the defendant also admitted harassing his former girlfriend by sending her a bunch of flowers with a message attached stating: "I am sorry, I will always love you."

He said the defendant started the offending against his former girlfriend on February 4 after she had ended their relationship.

His offending continued for a two-week period.

"His life started to unravel after their relationship ended.

"He is struggling to come to terms with the fact that the relationship is over and in a misguided attempt to try to repair the relationship, he acted in the way he did despite the advice of others," he said.

"He has no ill feelings against her. His offences were misguided and not an attempt to intimidate her.

"He has been diagnosed as having a personality disorder and since the age of 16 he has been a chronic alcoholic," Mr Campbell said.

Opposing bail, a police officer told the court that the defendant was obsessed with the complainant who was now constantly vomiting as a result of the distress caused to her by the defendant.

Mr McElholm said he had no confidence that the defendant would abide by any court imposed bail conditions.

He remanded him in custody until March 10.

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