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A jilted sicko and his mum who shared explicit images of his ex-girlfriend with her own dad, have been spared jail.
Matthew Cooper-Collyer, 23, was told by his own mother Lynda Collyer, 41, that he "should have been a photographer" after seeing naked photos of his former lover.
The mother and son duo were found guilty at Winchester Crown Court on November 28, of threatening to disclose private sexual photos with the intent of causing distress.
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Lynda Collyer, a carer for Alzheimer's patients also pleaded guilty to a second offence of malicious communications, WiltshireLive reported.
Today (Thursday), the 23-year-old and his mum from Monkton Deverill, Wilts, were given a six month sentence in prison suspended for 18 months and given restraining orders banning them from contacting their victim or her parents.
Helen Easterbrook, prosecuting, told the trial that the defendant had recently split up with his girlfriend when his mother, Collyer, suggested in a Facebook conversation that he should send the images to her, which he agreed to do.
Collyer had also posted: “Happy Birthday”, followed by the initials of the victim.
Ms Easterbrook said that Collyer had written that she would “give her (the victim) drama like she loves”. Referring to the images, she added: “Love them, perfect shots, you should have been a photographer.”
The prosecutor said that Cooper-Collyer had shared two intimate photos and a video with his mother who then sent them to the father of the defendant’s ex-partner on the day before her birthday, with the aim of causing her “distress”.
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Ms Easterbrook said the father "checked his mobile phone and found he had received two photos and a video which showed his daughter in sexually explicit poses".
Cooper-Collyer told the court that his mother has bipolar disease and wanted to send the photos because she claimed the victim was going to “ruin” the defendant’s life by making false accusations against him.
Pleading his innocence, He added: "I know the extent of what revenge porn does so I would never myself put someone through that."
Andrew Stone, representing Cooper-Collyer, said his client had been dominated by his mother and found it difficult to say no to her.
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Judge Gordon Bebb KC told them: "In the aftermath of that break-up there was acrimony. I have no doubt when you committed these offences you were both motivated by revenge and the wish to case distress to the victim."
Rhianna Fricker, defending Collyer, said her client regrets her actions, which she said were carried out as a "protective" mother.
She said Collyer, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016, was "incredibly worried" after her victim made allegations against her son after also making claims against three ex-boyfriends.
Ms Fricker said: "She is a mother of three children. She is a very protective mother. Her main focus in sending those messages was she was worried that these proceedings (against her son) were going to go further and land him in a lot of trouble when she – his mother – felt he hadn't done anything wrong."
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