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Ballymoney man jailed after ‘vile’ 4-year campaign

Thursday, 23 February 2017

A BALLYMONEY man who super-imposed the faces of two women on to sexually explicit photographs which he put on the internet has been jailed for three months for a "vile" campaign which lasted four years. The two victims looked on at North Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Coleraine, yesterday (Monday, February 20) as shamed Jonathan McClure was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to three charges of harassment, relating to dates between 2011 and 2015.
A prosecutor said McClure, 31, from Bendooragh Road, had gone to school with one of the women and knew the other as a friend of a friend. One image used was when one of the women was 16.
District Judge Liam McNally said it was the worst case he had ever seen of the "manipulation" of social media.
Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said McClure was living in an "alternative reality." McClure, who had a previously clear record, was jailed for three months and ordered to pay each of the women £1,000 compensation. A two-year Harassment Order has also been put in place.

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