Irish League footballer Jay Donnelly has been sentenced to 4 months in jail for distributing an indecent picture of a kid.
The 23-year-old Cliftonville participant, of Ardilea Drive in north Belfast, admitted the charge in December.
The decide mentioned it was such a “gross invasion of privateness” that the one acceptable sentence was a direct custodial sentence.
Donnelly has been granted bail pending enchantment.
Cliftonville FC has mentioned it should give “due consideration” to the judgement.
The footballer took a photograph of a 16-year-old lady whereas they had been collaborating in a sexual act in June 2016.
The Public Prosecution Service mentioned the lady requested for the image to be deleted, though Donnelly’s lawyer disputed that.
Donnelly despatched the to a buddy and a WhatsApp group that included fellow Cliftonville gamers.
The was then leaked and appeared on Fb. A complete of 11 folks had been mentioned to have seen the image earlier than it went viral.
‘Shouted at in avenue’
The sufferer grew to become conscious of this in October 2016 when she mentioned she started receiving abusive messages on Fb and was shouted at on the street.
Donnelly’s lawyer mentioned his shopper had expressed nice sorrow on the penalties of his actions and understood the “misery and embarrassment” suffered by the sufferer.
He mentioned the footballer was “crushed” by what he had completed.
“This was not a malicious act on his half, it was impetuous and silly, a younger man performing out in bravado and boasting to his mates,” the barrister mentioned.
“He by no means wished this to be extensively identified to the general public.
“He is acutely conscious that because of his conduct his future at Cliftonville, and his future as knowledgeable footballer generally, is in jeopardy.”
‘Gross invasion of privateness’
The court docket was advised Donnelly has been assessed as having a borderline studying incapacity, with an IQ within the backside eight% of the inhabitants.
Nevertheless, the decide mentioned: “What was shared was a picture of a extremely intimate nature, which depicted the very intimate components of the injured occasion.”
She mentioned it was “inconceivable he wouldn’t recognise that this might then go viral, which is precisely what occurred on this case”.
The decide mentioned the “gross invasion of privateness” was so severe it required a custodial sentence of 4 months.
Relations of the participant sobbed within the public gallery when the sentence was learn out.
In a press release following the sentencing, Cliftonville FC mentioned: “The judgement, in addition to the result of the enchantment, shall be given due consideration by Cliftonville Soccer Membership.
“The membership are aware of their duties and obligations and can proceed to behave on this foundation.”