Jail for Facebook photo

November 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

A jilted lover has made legal history by being jailed for posting a photograph of his ex-girlfriend naked for millions of users to see.

After 12 hours, police and Facebook authorities shut down the woman’s account but not before it was available to all 500 million active users of the social network.

Joshua Simon Ashby, 20, held a piece of paper over his face yesterday in an attempt to prevent The Dominion Post photographing him as he was being sentenced.

Judge Andrew Becroft, in Wellington District Court, allowed Ashby’s photo to be taken, saying “there was a certain symmetry to it”, then stepped in to tell Ashby not to hide his face.

Yeah if you post naked photos of your ex for revenge, you can’t expect to have the media unable to take your photo.

Ashby posted the photo in an “irresponsible drunken jealous rage” after the breakup of their five-month relationship, the judge said.

It is believed to be the first time someone has been sentenced for a crime committed using social media under the seldom-used morality and decency section of the Crimes Act.

At first I thought jail might be over the top, but then I see he was not sentenced only for the photo.

The Island Bay painter was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to a charge of distributing indecent matter and six others of threatening to kill, wilful damage, theft of the woman’s clothes, and assault.

He had included in text messages to her on July 23: “I’m going to kill you” and “Dead bitch”. He then posted a photograph he had of her naked in front of a mirror to her Facebook page. Initially, 218 of her friends had access to it, but Ashby then made it publicly available and changed her password. Her friends saw the photo and texted her to tell her.

A very nasty piece of work.

At the same time as the Facebook incident, Ashby stole two of the woman’s dresses, soaked them in water and cut them up. She forgave him and they reunited briefly before a drunken argument in October led to Ashby pushing her to the ground and snapping her cellphone in half.

Oh, why did she go back to him. The moment anyone texts their ex to say “I’m going to kill you”, the Police should be breaking down his front door and arresting him.

I think he is lucky to only have four months jail.

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16 Responses to “Jail for Facebook photo”

  1. Michael (894 comments) says:

    While the naked photo on Facebook didn’t help, I don’t think Ashby is going to prison for it – more for the threatening and violent behaviour. It sounds like Ashby has an alcohol problem so a few months to get clean might help.

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  2. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    Why do women go back to these dick heads?

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  3. eszett (2,332 comments) says:

    At first I thought jail might be over the top, but then I see he was not sentenced only for the photo.

    Why chose the title then? The same reason stuff chose it?
    Because “Jail for threatening to kill, wilful damage, theft and assault” just raises a yawn?

    The facebook angle is just the usual sensationalism

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  4. kowtow (7,588 comments) says:

    If she voluntarily posed fot the photos then I have a distinct lack of sympathy for the woman.

    As to the boyfriend,why was she going out with such a loser?

    All part of the ever growing underclass and their entertainments. The tax payer is left to pick up the tab.

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  5. backster (2,076 comments) says:

    Shades of Clayton Weatherston.

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  6. wreck1080 (3,726 comments) says:

    you wonder if this could have turned into a murder.

    Sounds like this guy was heading that way. Bit of booze, bitter angry man, you never know.

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  7. scanner (340 comments) says:

    We all just hope he gets to share a cell with Buba, I bet the pretty boy will have had an attitude adjustment when they have played mummy’s and daddy’s after lights out for a month or so.
    Some days your the windscreen & and some days your the bug

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  8. BeaB (2,057 comments) says:

    Thank goodness Facebook provided an outlet for his jealousy and rage and the woman is safe. How could his parents warn about the ‘dark side’ of Facebook when they ponder the monster their son has become.

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  9. dime (9,388 comments) says:

    Sounds like a real piece of shit. Pity the next poor girl who dates him. Expect to see this weak as piss loser in the papers again at some stage. hopefully not for murder.

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  10. big bruv (13,218 comments) says:

    dime

    You got any photo’s of your lady “friends’ that you might want to share with the group?

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  11. noskire (831 comments) says:

    Ashby’s parents said he can be intense. Isn’t that just PC lingo for pyschotic?

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  12. Steve (4,491 comments) says:

    Dysfunctional dropkicks, both of them

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  13. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    Why chose the title then? The same reason stuff chose it?

    It’s all about the headline. If you’re not misleading, then no-one’s going to read the article.

    This story is currently the top read piece on Stuff. I guess people must have thought there’d actually be a copy of the photo!

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  14. PaulL (5,872 comments) says:

    I’m pretty sure that dime’s friends would charge extra for photos.

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  15. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (762 comments) says:

    “Oh, why did she go back to him. ”
    women are complex creatures
    Mum use to say “Treat them mean, keep them keen”
    Obvioulsy this is an extreme example though and not what Mum meant

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  16. RRM (9,432 comments) says:

    IMHO he sounds like a small, whiny crybaby who has a bit of growing up to do rather than a serious hardened killer.

    Hopefully this is the slap he needs to straighten him out, not a 4-month internship with the gangs…

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