DATE FAKES: Joel Greentree was given jail with immediate parole, and probation, for unlawful stalking and setting up fake internet profiles using nude photos of an ex-lover.
DATE FAKES: Joel Greentree was given jail with immediate parole, and probation, for unlawful stalking and setting up fake internet profiles using nude photos of an ex-lover. Ross Irby

Ex-soldier posts ex-lover's nudes online 'to win her back'

DUMPED lover Joel Greentree was desperate to win his former girlfriend back.

In a misguided and terrible decision he went to online dating sites, set up false profiles and posted a series of naked photos of the former girlfriend with her contact details.

On just one night five men dropped by her house looking for sex.

In details before the Ipswich Magistrates Court, Greentree, a former Army soldier, apparently thought this may cause her to look more favourably to him.

Magistrate David Shepherd slammed his behaviour, saying there had been serious "potential for real disaster" to befall the young woman after the men arrived uninvited at her home.

Joel Landon Greentree, 23, from Springfield Lakes, pleaded guilty to using a phone service to menace/harass between August 2016 and March 2017; unlawful stalking a woman and two counts of contravening a domestic violence protection order that was put in place in Darwin.

Police prosecutor Ricky Tsoi said it was effectively identity theft and a coordinated offence in which the woman was fortunate not to have come to more serious harm.

Police sought a sentence of 18 months probation, and an order to complete 240 hours of unpaid community service work.

Greentree's lawyer Matthew Fairclough said he made a catastrophic misjudgement.

Psychological reports were put before the court, Mr Fairclough saying Greentree was severely depressed at the time and drinking excessively.

He said Greentree had been in the Army but suffered an injury requiring surgery that ultimately led to his loss of that job.

"It was a rather hopeless attempt to win her back and he was only 21 at the time. He made a clearly catastrophic misjudgement," Mr Fairclough said.

Mr Fairclough said Greentree's behaviour was out of character.

Mr Shepherd was concerned a risk may remain unless health issues were addressed.

"You set up false profiles on various internet sites that resulted in unwarranted approaches of a distressing kind," Mr Shepherd said.

"She was particularly religious, that would have added to the trauma this behaviour brought.

"This conduct brought significant trauma to the victim. The potential is there to haunt her for a long time."

Mr Shepherd sentenced Greentree to 18 months probation and six months jail with immediate parole release.



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