A JILTED lover posted sexually explicit photos of his ex on Facebook and even threatened to put them on a banner on a roundabout.
Samuel Hook told police he had wanted to rekindle his relationship with his girlfriend and was ‘expressing his emotions’.
The woman was alerted by a friend who spotted the images, including a ‘selfie’ in her underwear and an obscene picture of her and Hook.
Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard the posts had caused the woman stress and she did not feel safe leaving home to give a statement to police about her ordeal as a result.
The court heard Hook, 29, and the woman had been in a relationship for about four months which ended in December. Hook continued to send his ex text messages, despite her telling him to stop.
He was arrested and bailed after kicking in a door at her home and destroying it on January 21, but re-arrested two days later after breaching his bail conditions.
The following day Hook was given a six-month conditional discharge and a restraining order, then collected his mobile phone from Fareham police station.
The court heard a day later on January 25 he posted the images on Facebook.
Hook repeatedly text messaged his ex, even after she contacted him about the photographs, sending her a further 13 texts and 18 messages on mobile messaging app WhatsApp until about 11.50pm.
Natalie Dennington, defending, said Hook had told probation he fell in love with the woman ‘in a very short period of time’.
Miss Dennington said of Hook’s police interview on his arrest: ‘He explained that he wanted to rekindle he relationship with her and in the past had posted photographs of her on the website and it had rekindled the relationship.
‘He said he hadn’t meant any malice by it, she was a beautiful woman and he was expressing his emotions.’
Hook told police the woman contacted him after he first posted photographs.
He claimed she had said she was receiving a lot of male attention so he felt ‘justified’ in posting more.
He said when the woman contacted him again he took the images down, but estimated they had been online for between an hour and an hour and a half.
Miss Dennington said: ‘He himself has little understanding of the effect on the victim.’
Hook, of Sherwood Road, Gosport, admitted one count of harassment between January 23 and 26.
He admitted committing the crime while subject to a six-month conditional discharge for criminal damage. Hook was fined £100 and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
Portsmouth magistrates said the 12 days he spent remanded in custody would count as payment.
Hook was put under supervision for a year and told to take part in a domestic abuse programme for 16 sessions.
His restraining order was varied to add the condition that he must not contact his ex-girlfriend.