A woman who shared explicit pictures of her husband’s mistress after discovering their illicit affair wept as a judge saved her from jail.
The judge told mother-of-two Natawan Saijaiboon that while he was “absolutely satisfied” that imprisonment was warranted, “the bottom line” was that he “concluded that sentence should be suspended”.
He handed down a six-month prison sentence and suspended her for three years, stressing it was “solely on the basis” that their two children would suffer significantly if he jailed the vengeful woman.
Saijaiboon had pleaded guilty to a single offense of disclosing a private sexual photograph or film intended to cause harm to her female victim in December 2019.
Outside Newry Crown Court on Thursday, Saijaiboon repeatedly wiped away tears as the judge summed up the case.
He recounted how the victim contacted police in January 2020 after discovering that Saijaiboon was “circulating explicit photos of her,” pictures taken by her lover, the accused’s husband.
The victim and husband began an affair in January 2019. The judge said that during this relationship, Saijaiboon’s husband “persuaded the victim to engage in sexual activity and take nude photos and allowed him to have those photos on his phone.” ”
However, Saijaiboon suspected that her husband was unfaithful, searched his phone and found her and sent the pictures to himself “so that they would be available to her”.
“Instigated” by a friend who, as the judge put it, “may not have offered wise or careful advice,” Saijaiboon printed out a handful of copies of the images, put them in an envelope, and took them to her husband and lover at work and “distributed them to a number of people.”
“It is clear that this was a concerted attempt to embarrass the injured party over the extramarital affair both in their domestic relationship and in their work environment,” said Judge Neil Rafferty QC.
He said it was a “somewhat unusual case” as cases of so-called revenge porn often have elements of “men exercising coercive control over women they have been in a relationship with”.
The court was told that Saijaiboon, who is originally from southern Thailand but has an address at the Annadale Flats in south Belfast, had a clear history.
But the judge reiterated that the offense was “a deliberate effort to humiliate and cause distress”.
Although Saijaiboon was given a suspended sentence, the judge said the result was specific to her background and personal mitigation.
He warned that “those who engage in the distribution of sexually explicit, personal photos intended to embarrass or alarm the public” could face imprisonment.
The judge ordered the offending images destroyed and warned a crying Saijaiboon that if she insulted again, the six months would be in addition to any other sentence.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/vengeful-wife-who-shared-explicit-images-of-husbands-mistress-weeps-in-court-as-she-avoids-jail-42142274.html Vengeful wife who shared explicit images of her husband’s mistress cries in court as she escapes jail