Cyberbullying Law claims its first conviction, and the left are outraged it isn’t me

A young Dunedin man who threatened to send pictures of his 16-year-old former girlfriend naked to her mother has been prosecuted under cyber bullying legislation which was introduced last year.

18-year-old Jayden Thomas Brian Fallows may be the first person prosecuted in Dunedin for breaching the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

Fallows appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Dunedin District Court yesterday and admitted posting text and Skype messages with the intention of causing serious emotional stress to the victim.

He was convicted and remanded on bail for sentence later this month.

The court was told the victim had sent pictures of herself naked to the defendant’s cellphone during her two-year relationship with him.

OK people, here’s Rule 1:  Never send naked picture of yourself to anyone, or allow someone to take naked pictures of you.  But then young people do what young people do. 

the relationship ended acrimoniously last December and Fallows made several threats to the young woman during a text message and Skype argument with her on January 26, police prosecutor Tim Hambleton said.

The defendant was upset about the victim seeing a new boyfriend.

He tried to pressure her into revealing the new boyfriend’s identity and the nature of the relationship and sent several digital communications which caused the victim significant distress.

In the messages, Fallows threatened to harm the new boyfriend, to kill himself and to send the photos of the naked girl to her mother.

Yes, well.  That’s going off the deep end with a sign “Charge me’ stapled to your forehead.

I really don’t think this particular behaviour would have been non-prosecutable before the Cyberbullying law.  But it’s nice to see one chalked up that was clearly a breach.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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