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Man narrowly avoids being sent to jail by Bradford magistrates after sending sexual photographs to girlfriend's mum and friend

Man narrowly avoids being sent to jail by Bradford magistrates after sending sexual photographs to girlfriend's mum and friend

Man narrowly avoids being sent to jail by Bradford magistrates after sending sexual photographs to girlfriend's mum and friend

A MAN who sent an intimate picture of his partner to her mum has narrowly avoided being sent to jail.
Andrew Morris, 20, also sent an image of himself and his girlfriend, who was 17 at the time, engaging in a sex act to a friend of the girl, Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.
Morris, who pleaded guilty to two charges of disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress, was told by the chairman of the magistrates' bench John Bruce: "Do you realise how close you have come to being sent to prison? We could have quite easily sent you to prison today for these offences and nobody would have criticised us.
"Doing what you did is not only degrading to the person, but it is most upsetting to people who receive it."
The court was told that Morris and the teenager were a couple at the time the pictures were taken, but that they were no longer together.
Morris, of Dunnignton Walk, Woodside, Bradford, also admitted three assaults on the teenager on January 3 and January 8 this year, one charge of criminal damage to her car on January 8, and possession of cannabis on January 8.
One of the intimate pictures was sent between August 31 and October 1 last year, and the other on November 19 last year, the court heard.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, told the court that Morris was controlling throughout the six-month relationship that the pair had, and that he regularly used cannabis. She said Morris would take the girl's phone and car keys from her and also comment on what she could wear and who she could see.
Mrs Fowler said the girl's mum was sent a topless picture of her daughter via the social messaging tool WhatsApp, with a message attached saying to tell the girl to stop "harassing" him. The picture was sent after the girl refused to go and see Morris, said Mrs Fowler.
Mrs Fowler told the court that one of the assaults happened after the girl had slapped Morris during an argument and he reacted by pushing her onto a bed and "slapping her around the head" and punching her in the arm..

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