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Girlfriend hurt by internet stalker

The former girlfriend of an internet stalker jailed for posting sexual images of her online in a year-long campaign of harassment has said his sentence "will never make up for the hurt he has put me through".

Shane Webber, 23, from Nottingham, was jailed for four months at Southampton Magistrates' Court after admitting he harassed Ruth Jeffery by posting the images on social networking sites and tagging the photos to draw them to the attention of her family and friends, including her parents, unbeknown to her.

He also tried to implicate one of his friends, Lee Evans, by putting the posts in an email address bearing Mr Evans's name, leading to his arrest.

He was only found out when Miss Jeffery's family made their own inquiries and the emails were traced back to him.

In passing sentence, District Judge Anthony Callaway said the offence was a "gross violation of Miss Jeffery's privacy".

Outside court Miss Jeffery, 22, told the assembled media that even if Webber had got the maximum jail sentence magistrates can give - six months - it would not have made up for the hurt she had been caused.

She said: "I am extremely pleased with the outcome. The maximum sentence in a magistrates' court will never make up for the hurt he had put me through but I am pleased I can now put it behind me.

"I was absolutely devastated when I found out it was him. I could not believe it was Shane. I did not want to believe it."

Miss Jeffery said her family suspected it was Webber but she could not comprehend how he could do such a thing.


From Belfast Telegraph