Donegal man escapes jail for posting on ex-girlfriend’s FB page

court hammerA Donegal man has avoided a jail term for criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend's Facebook page after he admitted posting an offensive status update on it.

The 30 year old was acquitted by a jury last month of raping and falsely imprisoning the woman in her home on the same date.

It's the first prosecution for criminal damage to a social media account.

The man - who can't be named because of the rape charge - was charged under the Criminal Damage Act 1991 which carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a 10,000 euro fine.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan called it a reprehensible offence which seriously damaged the woman's good name but said that fortunately the status was quickly spotted and taken down.

He said that a financial penalty was the most appropriate and imposed a 2,000 euro fine.