A 26-year-old man in Singapore has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to distributing intimate images of his ex-girlfriend without her consent.
The man, whose name has been redacted in court documents, was charged with one count of intentionally distributing an intimate image or recording of another person without their consent, according to Today report. One similar charge was taken into consideration during sentencing.
The court has imposed a gag order to protect the identity of the victim, who is only identified as a 25-year-old woman. The two had started dating in April 2019 and ended their relationship in the middle of 2021. During their relationship, the man had recorded some of their consensual sexual acts.
According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Brian Tan, the man was upset when the woman began dating someone else. He then chatted with a mutual friend and found out that the woman who is a victim owed the friend some money.
“The accused and the friend spoke about this matter and the friend suggested that the accused send her some of the victim’s nudes so that the friend could blackmail the victim for the money,” according to the report.
The man proceeded to send two videos and a photo of his ex-girlfriend engaging in intimate acts, one of which captured the woman’s face. He messaged the friend to inform her that he had sent the materials to the victim’s current boyfriend, except for the image showing her face.
The accused then made derogatory comments about the victim, calling her “cheaper than a prostitute.”
The victim discovered the messages when she logged into the accused’s Facebook account and lodged a police report.
During sentencing, the Deputy Public Prosecutor sought a jail term of six to seven months, citing the accused’s malicious intent.
The defense counsel asked for a shorter jail sentence not exceeding four months, saying that his client was a young man with strong family support and a propensity to reform.
District Judge John Ng sentenced the accused to six months in jail, noting that the prosecution had been fair in its submissions.
The accused could have faced up to five years in jail, a fine, or caning for each count of distributing an intimate image or recording without the victim’s consent.
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