A JILTED lover posted explicit photographs of his ex-girlfriend onto Facebook pages he set up in her name.
Malcolm Brady set up four bogus profiles on the social networking site, and signed his former partner up to a website advertising for sex, Sunderland magistrates heard.
The devious Washington 45-year-old added saucy snaps sent to him by his ex while they were together – which had been intended for his eyes only.
Brady also referred to the victim’s travel agency employer on the fake profiles, which got her into trouble at work, the court was told.
The long-distance lorry driver told police his actions were intended to “hurt” the woman, after their eight-month on-off relationship ended in December.
The pair – childhood friends – started dating after being reintroduced last year, by a mutual friend on Facebook.
The relationship was described as intense.
After Brady quit his job to join the woman, who lives in Kent, he refused to accept the situation when the relationship ended.
He bombarded her with up to 30 text messages, emails and phone calls per day, despite his victim telling him to leave her alone, the court heard.
She was advised by police to change her landline and mobile numbers, and had to do this three times after he used her Skype account to track her down, prosecutors said.
In May, one of her friends received a friend request from a profile purporting to be her.
Police later discovered three further profiles set up by Brady in her name.
Brady, of Campsie Close, Lambton, admitted harassing his ex-partner.
Philippa Wylie, mitigating, said a number of Brady’s ex-girlfriends had been willing to go to court to testify that this was not his normal behaviour.
“He has never behaved like this before and he is full of remorse that he has done so,” she said.
Most of the messages, Ms Wylie said, were of a loving nature.
“It’s a very fine line between love and hate,” she added.
“All his anger and frustration has been taken out on this Facebook account.
“He’s made to hurt her the way she’s hurt him.”
District Judge Roger Elsey sentenced Brady to a 12-month supervision order, and told him: “You acted in anger and intended to humiliate your former partner.
“The behaviour was planned and callous and you attempted to justify your actions.
“You didn’t understand that your behaviour was obsessive and controlling, and there needs to be a period of work before the risk that you pose can be reduced.
“If you come to court for this sort of behaviour again you can expect a prison sentence.”
Brady was also told to pay £200 in compensation, a £60 victim surcharge, and £40 costs.
He was also given a four-year restraining order with a specific condition, that he does not access or apply for accounts in his ex’s name.