Pair charged over nude photos of woman being distributed around community

Nude pictures of a woman were photocopied and distributed around the town.
KELLY HODEL

Nude pictures of a woman were photocopied and distributed around the town.

A woman took revenge over her husband's affair by distributing nude photos of the other woman around their community.

Photocopies of nude photographs of the victim, which she had sent to the defendant's husband, were placed on car windscreens and mailed to businesses and the victim's own husband.

Another copy of the photos and a handwritten note "nice selfies" along with the victim's name, was sent to her workplace. 

The actions landed Gaylyne Joy Fowler, 49, and another woman in Hawera District Court on Tuesday jointly charged with offensive behaviour.

The victim had an affair with Fowler's husband which started in the beginning of July 2014 and continued for a short period of time, police prosecutor sergeant Steve Hickey said.

"During this affair the victim sent nude intimate photographs of herself to Fowler's husband, which were subsequently discovered by his teenage son and shown to Fowler. This led to the end of Fowler's 25-year marriage."

Fowler kept copies of the nude intimate photographs and videos of sexual encounters between the victim and Fowler's husband, Hickey said.

Fowler's husband is a former chief fire officer of the Hawera Volunteer Fire Brigade.

In court, Fowler pleaded guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of $1000. She was not required to enter the dock. 

Hickey said in early November 2016 Fowler printed off an A4 sized page containing several nude photographs of the victim and made approximately 10 copies.

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On November 5, during a Fire Service gold star medal presentation, about five copies of the page with the nude photographs were placed under the windshield wipers of vehicles parked in the Hawera Fire station carpark.

And on November 9, a plain envelope was slipped under the door of the victim's place of work, containing the note and photos.

This was opened by the receptionist at the workplace who then handed it to the victim. 

Between the 18th of November and the 28th of November, further letters containing the nude photographs were posted to businesses, the Hawera Fire Station, and the victim's husband. 

These letters contained the same nude intimate photographs of the victim and also had small newspaper cut outs to assist the receivers in identifying the victim as the subject in the photographs.

"The explanation is pretty self evident as to why this happened," Hickey said after reading the police summary to the court.

Judge Philip Crayton fined Fowler $250.

"I should imagine that since you have been charged you have had plenty of time to consider your position and the trouble you got into,"  he said.

"You know you shouldn't have embarked on that behaviour."

The second defendant, Myree Mihi Woodhead, 44, did not enter a plea when she appeared and was remanded to January 31.

Neither woman has appeared before the court before.

 

 - Stuff

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