Prison for man who sent nude photos of woman to her neighbours

Court news
Court news

A Pinchbeck man who sent naked photographs of a woman to 13 of her neighbours was today (Wednesday) sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

Christopher David Mills (57) included the pictures in a “round-robin letter” which also made allegations about the victim’s background, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

A number of the woman’s neighbours on the quiet village cul-de-sac near Boston were shocked by the content, the court was told.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the letter was sent to 13 different houses and the victim’s partner. It included photos of the woman “in various states of undress” and “completely naked”.

Mr Scott told the court Mills was living in Pinchbeck when he sent the pictures in May last year.

“This was a very mean, callous and vindictive course of action that he had taken,” Mr Scott added.

One mother who received the photos said: “I have a seven-year-old who could have seen these pictures. It is unacceptable.”

Another neighbour added: “I don’t see why anybody would want to do this. I feel for the lady concerned.”

In a victim impact statement which was read out in court the woman said the letters had left her feeling “very vulnerable”.

Edna Leonard, mitigating, said the victim was no longer living in the same location as her neighbours. “She has moved from that address,” Miss Leonard told the court.

Miss Leonard added that Mills had been homeless but was now on a housing list.

Mills, of no fixed address, admitted a charge of disclosing private photographs with intent on May 26, 2015. He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment and made the subject of a restraining order which prevents any contact with his victim.

Passing sentence, Recorder Stuart Sprawson said the “message must go out” that people who send such material are at risk of an immediate prison sentence.