Man jailed for harassing his ex-girlfriend on the internet

31/10/2011

Shane Webber was jailed today at Southampton Magistrates' Court to four months' imprisonment and a five year restraining order for harassing his ex-girlfriend Ruth Jeffery.

Following his sentence, Frank Richardson, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: "For more than a year Shane Webber had subjected his former girlfriend, Ruth Jeffery, to a campaign of harassment and humiliation by posting onto social networks intimate pictures of her. Webber made sure that these pictures were tagged so that Miss Jeffery's university friends and her family would receive a message alerting them that a picture has been sent to them. He also directly emailed those pictures to Miss Jeffery's parents, causing her and them immense distress as each time they tried to have the pictures removed, Webber had created a new website.

"Webber knew very well that he would be the first to be suspected as he was the one who took the pictures of Miss Jeffery when they were in a relationship. To prevent anyone having suspicions against him, he manipulated her into believing that the pictures were stolen after he had been the victim of computer hacking.

"It was not surprising that Miss Jeffery was extremely shocked and angry to learn that her former partner was in fact her stalker. Although, Shane Webber has pleaded guilty and was sentenced today, she will still have to live with the fact that for a year she and her family felt powerless in trying to stop this persistent intrusion into her private life.

"The Crown Prosecution Service launched its legal guidance on stalking and harassment last year as we know that victims of stalking continue to live in fear of their stalkers, despite the fact that they may have been prosecuted.

"Effective restraining orders remain the best way to stop contact between the offender and the victim. This is why we have told the court today that Shane Webber should not communicate in any way with the victim and others related to her and that he should not display any material relating to her on any social networking sites.

"We hope that, with this prosecution, anyone who thinks that they may have been a victim of stalking will have the confidence that their complaint will be investigated and that if there is sufficient evidence, will be prosecuted by the CPS.

"We hope that Miss Jeffery and her family will now be able to move on with their lives."