Friday, November 25, 2011

Facebook relationship end up in court

A youth who was arrested and produced in court on charges of having blackmailed a lady teacher into sex by threatening to post her nude photos on Facebook was released on bail by a Colombo Court today.

The suspect who was working at a private media institution was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Ms. Lanka Jayaratne.

The lady teacher in a complaint to the CCD said she was blackmailed into sex by the suspect who befriended her on Facebook, by threatening to post her nude photos on it.

Appearing on behalf of the suspect, defence counsel Kingsley Hettiarachchi submitted in court that his client had never blackmailed the complainant and told court that they were having an affair. Mr. Hettiarachchi further informed court that his client had taken her nude photos with her consent. He further told court that the complainant had made this complaint after they broke off the love affair and maintained that his client had also given her a sum of Rs.20,000.

The complainant a resident of Agalawatta, told the CCD that she had built a friendship with a man working in a private media institution via Facebook on September 15 and in time their friendship had turned into a love affair and they contacted each other regularly by mobile phone.

The woman said she had met the suspect at a hotel in Bambalapitiya on September 17 and on that occasion he had coaxed her to be photographed in the nude. She said she allowed him to take her photos on the promise he would marry her.

The woman said she had given the man Rs.7,000 on one occasion and on another Rs.4,000 and alleged that she was being continuously blackmailed by the man thereafter.

The CCD detectives who are conducting the investigation into the incident informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate that the suspect could be charged with coercing the complainant into sex by threatening to post her nude photos on Facebook. 

Having considered the submissions, the Magistrate ordered that the suspect be released on a cash bail of Rs.7,500 and a surety of Rs.50,000.

source : dailymirror

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