Man sent victim indecent images

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man sent indecent cartoons and a naked picture of himself to a woman he wanted to go out with.

Andrew Walsh, who works part-time for the British Heart Foundation, posted the rude cartoons and selfie to the woman’s Facebook page.

The victim told police she felt unsafe in her own town because of his behaviour.

Walsh, a 32-year-old removals worker, of Warley Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to sending indecent images by electronic means between January 28 and 31.

He was sentenced to eight weeks’ prison suspended for 12 months with 30 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, ordered to pay his victim £100 compensation for her distress and to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge.

Walsh was also put on a 12-month restraining order which bans him from contacting the victim either directly or indirectly, by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the woman had spurned Walsh after he made advances, telling him she had a boyfriend.

Walsh sent her a series of indecent cartoons and the selfie. The victim said that at the time the naked picture of him came through on her phone some relative’s children were playing games on the phone.

Defence lawyer, Peter Manning, said his client now realised his behaviour was wrong and deeply offensive. Walsh accepted what he had done was totally misguided and he apologised to her.