A woman caused her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend to try and take her own life after posting intimate pictures of her on Instagram.
Rachel Dale, 28, discovered the graphic images on her boyfriend Alex Montgomery’s phone on her birthday.
She then shared them with her 2,000 followers, warning the victim: ‘They will be all over the internet tomorrow.’
Despite deleting the pictures after eight minutes, they had already been circulated on social media.
The unnamed victim was so devastated by her personal pictures being shared that she tried to take her own life.
Dale wept as she admitted disclosing a private sexual photograph with intent to cause distress at Tameside Magistrates Court.
But she avoided jail after being given a suspended sentence.
She claimed she posted the pictures after being made redundant from her job at a clothing firm.
The court heard Mr Montgomery, 28, had a brief affair with the victim several years ago before he met Dale and she sent the photos to him.
Despite asking Mr Montgomery to delete the images the day after she sent them, he kept them on his phone.
Prosecutor Ashley Seetal said: ‘The Instagram account which the images were uploaded on was a joint Instagram account used by the defendant and Mr Montgomery.
‘This had been set up and was used to promote the defendant and Mr Montgomery’s business which they worked together on.
‘The account had 2,000 followers. These pictures were uploaded and made public, this means that the images can be seen by all 2,000 followers.
‘Prior to uploading the images to Instagram, the defendant sent the victim a message and in that message she alluded to posting the pictures online and in one message she said: “they will be all over the internet tomorrow”.
‘The images being uploaded of a graphic and intimate area, were shared to a number of group chats and social media chats. The pictures were up for ten minutes, taken down, then immediately re-uploaded the following afternoon.
‘The victim did attempt to take her own life, this was a serious attempt and she was taken to hospital and received treatment.’
A probation report read to the court said: ‘She accepts full responsibility for committing the offence and doesn’t try to minimise the seriousness of the impact.
‘She does indicate remorse, she said if she could turn back the clock she would, as she would prefer to deal with it in a different way. Four days prior to the offence she says she was made redundant which caused her anxiety.
‘She is not sure how successful it is going to be. Whilst the victim had slept with her boyfriend, this hadn’t previously played on the mind of the defendant and the two parties have little to do with each other and were at an amicable level.
‘But she went out celebrating the night before as it was her birthday and on finding the photo on the phone, she says she acted on impulse with intent of seeking revenge. She said she was quite distressed and said: “There were no other options at the time”.’
Dale’s defence lawyer Gavin Clarke said: ‘They have a shared account due to their business with the purposes of their business together. At 7.29am she has been awoken by a number of images sent from a third party, from the victim, sent to her partner at the time.
‘She sees these images, graphic and explicit images and various and she is devastated, she is mortified. She then texts the victim and pre-warns her.
‘Yes, she does upload those to an Instagram profile. They are up there for 8-9 minutes. They are not up there for eight months, they are not put on a streaming site.
‘They are uploaded to an Instagram account with between 1,500 to 1,600 followers. It was posted for between 8 and 9 minutes at 7.30 in the morning. In terms of how many people who have viewed those, the numbers are going to be extremely limited.
‘The person who followed the account would have to be on that account at that time. They would have to be looking at that particular account. There is no preplanning, this is a spur of the moment.
‘This young lady, as soon as she calmed down, she realised the error of her way and took it down, that’s the end of the story.
‘I accept there has been some humiliation but this is very different to revenge, this was a spur of the moment. She was going about her own business, finds this on her partners phone and reacts there and then. This was not out of revenge or some kind of hatred.
‘This is a young lady of 28, who has never appeared before the courts before and I dare to say I don’t think she is ever likely to came back to this court again. This offence is something she genuinely regrets. The fact is she could go to prison today. She is aware of the impact this has had on the victim in this matter. It was upsetting and there are trust issues. She reacted there and then.’
Dale was sentenced to 12 weeks, suspended for a year and was ordered to pay £200 in costs and surcharges.
She did not comment after the hearing.