'I want to ruin you': Auckland man in court for harassing woman
An Auckland man who gave fake Cirque du Soleil and rap concert tickets to a woman after sex sent her grandfather photos of her in lingerie.
The 25-year-old, who has name suppression, appeared for sentencing in the Auckland District Court on Friday after pleading guilty to two charges of using a forged document, and one charge, laid under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, of disclosing information and intimate images with intent to harm.
The man met with the woman on two occasions in February last year and gave her eight A$AP Rocky concert tickets, and other passes to Cirque du Soleil, after she agreed to have sex with him.
However, when she went to use the tickets she was told by Vector Arena that the tickets were fake.
The complainant arranged to meet him to confront him by asking him if he had any tickets for New Zealand Breakers basketball matches.
According to the summary of facts, the man said he could provide her with Madonna and Iron Maiden passes instead.
Before they could meet, however, in the early hours of February 21, he began sending the woman a barrage of texts, saying: "I'm going to destroy your life," "I know who you are, your life is over."
He tracked down her Facebook page and began sending the complainant's grandfather, mother and 16-year-old sister messages alleging the complainant was a sex worker.
He also sent her grandfather five pictures of the woman in lingerie.
"You continued to harass the complainant over the ensuing days with text messages including, "LOL, you think changing your … name is going to stop me from ruining your life," sentencing Judge Nevin Dawson said on Friday.
Another message said: "I want to ruin you."
The victim complained to police.
The man's lawyer, Peter Winter, said the charges had been a "major wake-up call" for his client, who was described as being remorseful and having "insight" into his offending.
He was taking steps to address his "attitudes" and had paid $2000 in reparations to the complainant immediately following his guilty plea.
"It's quite clear from the victim impact statement the victim felt scared, helpless and powerless," Judge Dawson said.
The offending showed a high degree of premeditation through his threats to harm the victim and his proceeding to stalk the complainant and her family on the internet, he said.
A probation officer's report recommended a sentence of community detention to allow the man to continue working.
Judge Dawson ordered the man serve six months community detention with a curfew of 9pm-7am, except the nights he was working.
He was also ordered to do 100 hours community work and 12 months intensive supervision, with the direction he complete any treatment that was appropriate.
The man was granted interim name suppression at his earlier appearances, which remains in force until further order.