Sometimes, you come across a court case that is simply perfect. And this one, a tale of two-timing, intercepted text messages, computer hacking, and publication of sex pictures on Friends Reunited, scores a big fat nine out of 10.
A 21-year old student who took revenge on his cheating girlfriend was jailed for five months at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday.
Philip Nourse hacked the Friends Reunited account of his 19 year-old girlfriend -referred in court simply as "the young lady" - altered her details and pasted photographs of the two having sex. Enough revenge? Wrong: Nourse also set up a web site "showing video footage of him engaged in sexual acts with the 19-year-old air stewardess", The Telegraph reports. Surely that got it off his chest? Wrong. Nourse also printed 50 "explicit" posters of "the young lady" which he planned to paste up in her home town. That's enough? No, there's more: after hacking into the woman's e-mail account, he directed a friend of hers to the on-line sex images", The Telegraph reports.
So how did Nourse discover his girlfriend's infidelity? Simple, he persuaded two friends, employees at O2, to intercept her text messages and pass them on to him. The student then "realised she had been two-timing him with a previous boyfriend", the Telegraph says.
Nourse committed his offences after the young lady dumped him in June this year. His barrister told the court that he "accepts that what he did was utterly wrong. He was so upset and angry that he didn't think through what he was doing." But as a sport science student at Loughborough, this comes as little surprise.
We will be greatly surprised if Nourse's friends are still working at O2. The Register is astonished that it is so easy to obtain private text messages from stupid employees. O2 does not come out of this well.
So what stops this court case getting 10 out of 10? The humiliation suffered by the victim moves it beyond simple entertainment. "The hurt that this has caused to me and my family is indescribable," she told the police. On the face of it, there is a good case for sueing O2. ®
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