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First Conviction under ‘Intimate Images’ Legislation

The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service reports that it is has secured the first conviction under new ‘intimate images’ legislation.

A 59-year-old man pled guilty to sending his former partner numerous emails and repeatedly threatening to upload a video to the internet. The Procurator Fiscal sought and was granted a three year long order banning him from approaching or contacting his victim.
He was also ordered to pay his victim £200 in compensation.
This is the first conviction under section 2(1) of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 since this section came into force on 3rd July 2017.
“This conviction under the new legislation sends a clear message that behaviour like this is unacceptable and that those who disclose or threaten to disclose intimate images will be dealt with seriously by the criminal justice system,” commented Anne Marie Hicks, National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse.
“This type of offending is often used as a form of online domestic abuse,” she added. “It is designed to cause fear, alarm or distress and often used to humiliate, threaten and control the victim. Those affected may be too embarrassed to come forward or fear they will be blamed.”
“COPFS will continue to work closely with Police Scotland, and other partners, including Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland and ASSIST, to tackle all forms of abuse within intimate partner relationships and we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences to report this to the police,” she added.

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