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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Revenge porn' man ordered to pay victim €2k

Karl Bailey
Karl Bailey

A man who had sex with a woman filmed it and uploaded the video to a porn site without her knowing the recording had been made.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said what Karl Bailey (26) had done was "despicable" and caused his victim untold damage.

He was ordered to pay the woman €2,000 in compensation.

Bailey had "no excuse" for uploading the video and was "ashamed, disgusted and embarrassed" for his actions, Balbriggan District Court was told.

The victim had no know-ledge that the 10-minute video - which clearly identified her having sex - was being made.

She said Bailey's actions have had a profound effect on her.

Damage

When contacted by the woman, gardai told the website to remove the video.

Within three weeks, however, the defendant uploaded it again. Bailey removed it only after the victim and her family contacted him.

When questioned by gardai, he admitted uploading the video on two occasions.

The victim, who did not appear in court, wrote a letter to Judge Dermot Dempsey to explain the untold damage and significant profound effect the incidents had on her.

Bailey, of Balbriggan Road, Skerries, Co Dublin, admitted harassing the woman on dates last year.

Defence counsel said the PoundWorld shop assistant offered no excuse for his actions.

"He has been suffering from depression for some time and has been prescribed medication," said the solicitor.

Counsel said the defendant has been attending counselling to deal with his issues and conveyed his apologies to the victim.

"He is ashamed and embarrassed," said the solicitor. "It was completely out of character. He is most apologetic to the victim and her family."

The court was told that Bailey was willing to pay compensation to the victim.

"He is taking the matter extremely seriously," said counsel. "He was using the website as a means of escape as he has difficulties dealing with his emotions."

When Judge Dempsey asked why Bailey had put up the video for a second time, his counsel said he was not aware that it was gardai who requested it to be taken down.

A probation report handed into court stated that the defendant did not realise the seriousness of what he had done and did not realise it was deemed as revenge porn.

The Probation Service deemed the defendant's risk of re-offending low and considered him suitable for 240 hours of community service work in lieu of four months in prison.

Mature

Judge Dempsey placed Bailey on a probation bond for one year and ordered him to continue with weekly counselling sessions.

"Personally, I find it hard to believe the defendant didn't realise the seriousness of what he did," said the judge.

"It's a very serious matter with serious consequences. He needs to grow up and mature a bit. This is a despicable act that has caused untold damage to the victim."

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