Judge fines man $750 for sending out photos of private diary entries
A man who sent photographs of private diary pages to his ex-partner and her mother has been fined $750.
The name of the 44-year-old man has been suppressed to protect his victim and their children.
They had been in the middle of a marriage breakup.
In June last year he took two photographs of his ex-partnter's private diary pages and sent them to her by cellphone.
He then sent them to her mother.
When spoken to by police the man said he had been getting proof of his ex-partner cheating on him.
He pleaded guilty to one charge under the Harmful Digital Communications Act of posting the communication and causing serious emotional distress.
Wellington District Court judge Bruce Davidson on Monday convicted and fined him.
His lawyer Paul Surridge said the man worked in Australia and came back to New Zealand when he could to see his children and had been doing counselling.
Three other charges of breaching protection orders were withdrawn by police.