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Sunday 25 June 2017

Victim refuses to accept apology for revenge porn video

Karl Bailey is on medication
Karl Bailey is on medication

A victim of revenge porn has rejected a written apology from the man who posted sex videos of them on the internet.

Karl Bailey (26) was due to be sentenced at Balbriggan District Court last week for harassing the woman, but the Probation Service wants more time to prepare a report on him.

David Costello, defending, said Bailey had €2,000 in compensation for the victim and had written an apology, as directed by Judge Dermot Dempsey at a previous hearing.

Despicable

However, Sgt Niall Phelan told the court: "She said she would not accept the apology but will accept the compensation."

Bailey twice uploaded a video of the pair having sex to a porn website without her knowing it had even been recorded, the court heard.

It was previously told that Bailey caused his victim untold damage in what the judge called a "despicable act".

Bailey uploaded the 10-minute video, which clearly identified them having sex, to a website.

When gardai were made aware of it by the victim, they contacted the website to have it removed.

Bailey then uploaded the same footage again within three weeks.

He only removed the offending material after the victim and her family contacted him.

He admitted uploading the video on two occasions.

Bailey, of Balbriggan Road, Skerries, pleaded guilty to harassing the woman on dates within three weeks last year in the Dublin area.

Depression

Defence counsel said Bailey has a medical report stating he has been suffering from depression and is on prescription medication.

The court heard he has been attending counselling for his issues.

Judge Dempsey ordered a probation and welfare report and a community service report to see if the defendant is suit- able for community service work in lieu of a prison sentence, and adjourned the case until later this month.

He said the compensation is to be paid to the woman subject to the outcome of the report.

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