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Strangers rang for sex after ex set up account

an Irish woman had strangers calling for sex after her ex-boyfriend set up a fake online account in her name, a court has heard.

The woman was forced
to move home, change her phone number and shut down her Facebook page after former boyfriend Colin Penny subjected her to an "obsessive" campaign.

Colin Penny (30) of York Park in Belfast was ordered to complete 140 hours community service and £566 (€708) compensation after pleading guilty to harassment and criminal damage.

He admitted setting up a fake account on a sex site in the woman's name, the court heard.

It resulted in unwanted, unknown men calling the injured party expecting sex, the prosecution said.

Messaging

He plagued the woman over four months with continuous text and internet messaging and set up a Facebook account to contact the victim and her family.

His four-month campaign culminated in an incident in June when the victim's car window was smashed.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said the break-up was no excuse for his actions.

"You are just one of countless people who has to struggle with relationship break-ups," he said.

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