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Man shared intimate images of his ex-girlfriend in 'squalid and devious' revenge porn attack

By Michael Kenwood

A man from Co Down who pleaded guilty to charges in a revenge porn case has had his behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend described as squalid and devious by a judge.

Ryan Dickson (27), of Killaughey Road, Donaghadee, posted highly intimate photos on Facebook of his former girlfriend that she had shared with him during their time together.

He also stalked her in his car, and spread photos and information about a non-molestation order she took out against him across social media.

Dickson yesterday pleaded guilty to "causing annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety" to his ex-girlfriend by persistent use of a communications network on April 30 last year, as well as harassing her between February 1 and May 1 last year.

The prosecutor told Ards Magistrates' Court it was "in essence, a revenge porn case".

He described how Dickson had posted intimate photos of his former girlfriend on Facebook, as well as images and details of a non-molestation order she had taken against him.

The prosecutor said the posting of photos shared intimately between the two before their break-up "caused her particular distress".

After these posts he stalked his ex-girlfriend in his car.

District Judge Mark Hamill told Dickson: 'It was squalid, it was devious, it was mean, it was low.

"And whose reputation was damaged here? I can tell you it was not hers - it was yours.

"Your name will be all over the press, and you deserve it. If you had contested this there is no way you would have escaped prison."

The prosecutor told the judge the injured party wished for a restraining order, banning him from mentioning her on social media, or have any contact with her. The judge granted this for two years.

He told Dickson there was "no indication he would not get a custodial sentence", but added that he should expect a probation sentence so he could "be educated to treat women better than this".

He also ordered Dickson to start gathering £1,000 in compensation for ex-girlfriend.

His ex-girlfriend, who cannot be named, had come to court to give evidence against Dickson.

However, he pleaded guilty to two charges after the Public Prosecution Service withdrew other charges that he disclosed a sexual photograph without consent, and that he breached a non-molestation order on April 30 last year. Dickson had already pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order on April 4 and 7 last year, at various locations in Dundonald.

Sentencing was adjourned to April 3 for probation reports and a victim impact assessment.

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