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Man jailed for shooting wife's personal trainer lover over revenge porn photo on Facebook

Published 15/12/2015 | 13:25

Watmuff was jailed last month for a revenge porn offence
Watmuff was jailed last month for a revenge porn offence

A man has been jailed after shooting his wife's lover who had posted an intimate photograph of her on Facebook.

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Rob Ellerby, 44, leaned out of his window and blasted personal trainer Scott Watmuff when the powerfully built former football hooligan came banging on the front door of the couple's remote house.

The defendant, from Chapel Lane, Sawdon, near Scarborough, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and causing actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.

Watmuff, who claimed to be a former member of the Leeds United Service Crew and said he featured in a book about their exploits, was jailed last month for a revenge porn offence.

Jailing Ellerby for 27 months, Judge Stephen Ashurt said there was no justification for the shooting.

"Breakdowns of relationships usually do create tensions but they can never be resolved by threatening another with, let alone discharging, a loaded weapon because of the obvious risks," he said.

"Even if Scott Watmuff was an unsavoury character, you were not justified in shooting at or towards him."

Teesside Crown Court heard Watmuff and the defendant's wife Rubbina had an affair and split from their partners to rent a place together in Scarborough.

But he ended the affair in July and when she returned to the marital home, he wanted half of the deposit on the flat back.

Robert Galley, prosecuting, said Watmuff posted an intimate photo of Mrs Ellerby online before going to their house.

Despite pleas for him to remove the photo, he did not.

Watmuff, who had been drinking, smashed a window of his ex-lover's car and banged heavily on the door, bruising his hand.

Ellerby opened the window of an attic room and fired his shotgun into the ground, close to the back of Watmuff's right leg.

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