A Bendigo, Victoria, man has been jailed for a Facebook page that rates the sexual performance of women in his area.
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22-year-old David McRory was sentenced to four months under Part 10.6 of the Australian Criminal Code, Section 474.17: using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence; and publishing objectionable material online, reported ABC News.
It's not the first such case in Australia; earlier this year, Ravshan Usmanov was sentenced to six months house arrest for publishing naked photos of an ex-girlfriend on Facebook; in March 2011, Bradley Paul Hampson was sentenced to three years in prison for defacing the Facebook pages of two murdered children; and in 2010, Justine Jones received a suspended sentence for defacing the Facebook page of a murdered woman.
McRory's lawyer tried to plead stupidity rather than maliciousness, but the public outcry about the page and the potential damage done to the victims led the Bendigo Magistrates Court to make an example of the man.
Last week, McRory's accomplice, 22-year-old Joshua Turner, was handed a ban by the court from using Facebook for two years, as well as a suspended six-month sentence. Turner has appealed the ruling.
McRory has been released on bail, pending appeal.