New Zealand Police v Irving [2017] NZDC 28981

Published 20 July 2018

Harmful digital communication — revenge porn — intimate visual recording — sentencing. The defendant appeared for sentencing having pleaded guilty to causing harm by posting digital communications. The defendant and the victim were in a relationship. On a number of occasions the victim agreed to the defendant making intimate visual recordings of them engaging in sexual intercourse and of her intimate body parts. After the relationship had ended the victim became aware that some of the recordings had made it on to a pornographic website. The court noted that the development of the Internet has led to the prevalence of individuals using it to engage in revenge pornography by causing hurt and embarrassment to others. The defendant was sentenced to six months' community detention and ordered to pay $3,000 in emotional harm reparation. Judgment Date: 19 December 2017