Revenge porn man posted nude pictures of ex

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Stephen Baillie lost his temper after looking through his former partner's phone. Picture: Greg Macvean

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Stephen Baillie lost his temper after looking through his former partner's phone. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A JEALOUS ex-boyfriend posted naked pictures of his former partner online after throwing furniture around her home.

Stephen Baillie also threatened to spit in Nicola Macmay’s face during a fit of rage while her two-year-old child was in her Wester Hailes flat.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Baillie had lost his temper after looking through his former partner’s mobile phone.

Baillie, 24, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm, by shouting and swearing at Ms Macmay, damaging furniture and posting naked pictures of her on Facebook.

He was ordered to pay his ex-girlfriend £200 in compensation for the stressful ordeal.

Fiscal Sarah Lumsden said that Baillie had turned up at Ms Macmay’s flat in Dumbryden Gardens at around 7.30pm on March 30 this year.

She said that Baillie, of Hailesland Gardens, and Ms Macmay had been in an “on-off” relationship for around seven months. The court heard that Baillie had gone to the flat to speak to Ms Macmay about rekindling the relationship.

He also wanted to take back the mobile phone she had borrowed from him, but the evening turned sour when he found messages and images on the phone that had allegedly been sent to other people.

“He came into the property and began acting aggressively,” said Ms Lumsden. “There was a discussion about a mobile phone and the accused became very angry during this. He was quite aggressive towards her, demanding to know who certain contacts in the phone were. He began to shout and swear at her. He then began to throw things about the room, various items of furniture.”

Baillie then told Macmay: “I should spit in your face.”

He told her that he had naked photos of her on the phone and threatened to post them on Facebook, which he later did. Ms Lumsden it had been “very upsetting” for Ms Macmay to see the pictures had been put on the social 
networking site.

Baillie, of Hailesland Gardens, also in Wester Hailes, was “genuinely remorseful” for his actions, the court heard.

Sheriff Frank Crowe told unemployed Baillie: “Your behaviour towards this lady was outrageous. I think you should pay her £200 compensation.”

National charity Scottish Women’s Aid has been outspoken about the impact so-called “revenge porn” has on female victims, and a spokeswoman said today: “Since we started campaigning about revenge porn last year, the scale of the problem and the challenges surrounding it have become ever more apparent, but so has the appetite within Scotland to tackle it.

“Police and prosecutors alike recognise it as a significant issue, and we’ve been working with legal experts, the police and other agencies to ensure that victims receive effective responses.

The numbers of victims affected by revenge porn are unknown. Scottish Women’s Aid is launching a pilot research project to identify how many people have been affected. “We’d urge women to come forward if images are shared without consent, or if they are being threatened with the sharing of images. Although this is a ‘new’ crime, it is being taken seriously.”

Earlier this year, Scotland’s Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC called for specific legislation for those who post revenge porn online.