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Vic man blackmailed woman with photos

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Melbourne man who blackmailed a former friend by threatening to publish half-naked photos of her online says he did it because he wanted to "make her pay" for crossing him.

Former bank employee Michael Yared was on Wednesday placed on a two-year community corrections order after earlier pleading guilty to blackmailing the woman.

In March, Yared sent the woman images of her wearing only her underwear after becoming angry at her over a perceived slight.

"Implicit in the sending of these images and the text messages was a threat that you would publish those images on the net if your demands were not met," said Victorian County Court judge James Montgomery.

"She has described them as 'creepy' and I would also agree with that description."

The matter was reported to police but Yared showed little remorse when interviewed by investigators, the judge said.

"In my view you showed very little insight and not a lot of remorse," Judge Montgomery said.

The former ANZ employee told police he should not have blackmailed the woman because it had landed him in trouble.

"I shouldn't have done it, but I'm more saying that I shouldn't have done it because I got myself into s***," Yared told police.

"I don't feel bad about it."

When asked why he had sent the threats, Yared said: "To make her pay.

"More or less I just wanted to scare her," he told police.

The defence had asked the court not to record a conviction, but Judge Montgomery said blackmail was a very serious offence and convicted Yared.

"It's a real problem in our community with images sent by way of text message, and on the net, by men, of young women," the judge said.

He noted Yared had good prospects of rehabilitation and had no prior criminal history.

Yared has been ordered to complete 120 hours of community work.

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