A ‘psycho b****’ mum sent naked pictures of her married lover to his wife and kids when he dumped her – then demanded £6,000 to take them off social media.
Laura Arnold, 37, had an affair with her married lover for over a year before subjecting him to a ‘despicable’ barrage of embarrassment after he tried to break off their relationship.
Arnold, a then-married mother-of-four from Feltham, west London, shared screenshots of her messages with the man as well as nude photos of him showering with the caption ‘lying, cheating c***’.
She posted them on Twitter and Facebook and messaged them to the man’s adult children and wife, claiming ‘good p**** always comes with a psycho b**** attached to it’.
The next day Arnold demanded £6,000 in ‘silence money’ to take down the photos with a message that read ‘peace is costly but it is worth the expense’.
Darren Watts, prosecuting, said: ‘The background to this matter is from February 2016 the complainant started a relationship with the defendant.
‘This was a relationship where both parties were having an affair, both were married at the time.
‘During the start of that relationship they were sending each other explicit photographs.
‘On 22 July this year the complainant was with his friends when he received messages from his wife. She told him she had been sent messages from the defendant.
‘The messages were screen shots and included images of the complainant in the shower holding his genitals as well as a long message informing the complainant’s wife about the relationship.
‘One of the photos, which was a naked photo, had an emoji placed over his genitals.
‘The complainant’s wife also informed the complainant that his adult children had also been sent the messages and photos of their father.
‘On 23 July a work colleague said he had seen a Facebook message which included an image of the complainant naked in the shower with the words “lying cheating c***” with “oops” written over his genitals.
‘The complainant’s wife was able to deactivate the Facebook account and the complainant did not see the content which was posted on Facebook.
‘On Twitter she posted a photograph of him naked in the shower again with the words “lying cheating c***” with “oops”.
‘The defendant posted an image saying “enough is enough” adding “what or how much do you want this to end?” She followed it with a tweet saying “silence money”.
‘The complainant said he did not want any more images to be shown and she explained that the only way he could stop it was to ask how much money she would want to take it all down.
‘The defendant replied I do not know, let me ask your wife what she thinks. She then sent a message to the complainant’s wife saying, “It seems your husband is trying to silence me”.
‘She said, “Good p**** always comes with a psycho b**** attached to it”.’
The prosecutor added that Arnold demanded £6,000 and said: ‘Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.’
‘The complainant did not pay any money and did not intend to pay any money,’ the prosecutor said.
Arnold admitted one charge of disclosing a private sexual photograph without consent with the intention of causing that individual distress.
The mum, who is on benefits, was sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates Court and handed a 26 week sentence suspended for 18 months along with a two-year restraining order not to contact her victim or his family.
She was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Kiroulus Abadir, mitigating, claimed Arnold did not deserve to go to prison because she had censored the image with an emoji.
He said: ‘Ms Arnold has admitted this offence however whilst a sexual image has been disclosed to a variety of sources Ms Arnold did censor that image, on a sliding scale I would submit that this is on the lowest end.
‘Ms Arnold has expressed remorse. She is a mum of four and she is the only carer for those children.
‘The photo was to show they had been in a relationship for over a year and she thought the best way to express that was to show the photos and text messages.’
Judge French said: ‘This is a despicable offence. You set out to cause distress and embarrassment not only to your partner but also to his family, it is unforgivable.’