A woman whose brother assaulted his gay lover because he feared their secret relationship would be discovered has been fined for naming the man online as a victim of alleged sexual assault.
Demi Upton, 23, posted the victim's personal information on Facebook after her brother Dylan was incarcerated at Manchester Crown Court for 11 years.
Dylan, who had a long-term relationship with a woman and hoped to keep his secret a secret, attacked the victim after finding a picture of himself and the Falklands War veteran together.
Dylan's charges of intrusion, GBH, false imprisonment, death threats and extortion have been dropped by prosecutors.
He was convicted of robbery, but the judge ordered that the victim should be anonymized due to the sexual nature of the allegations.
A Demi's mother was arrested after the alleged victim saw that she shared details online showing the allegations, name, date of birth and address.
The posts were passed on to the man by his friends and then sent to the Greater Manchester Police, which resulted in Upton's arrest, the Manchester Magistrates' Court heard.
Upton has been fined £ 300 for admitting he was the editor of a social media post that would likely result in members of the public identifying an alleged sexual assault victim.
Demi Upton (pictured in court) posted the victim's name and address on her Facebook profile after her brother Dylan was incarcerated at Manchester Crown Court for 11 years earlier this year
Manchester Crown Court had previously heard that her brother Dylan had been in a relationship with his victim for about six months before sticking a knife in the throat of his male lover when he feared their connection would be revealed.
Prior to the attack last June, Dylan had visited the man's apartment after attending the Parklife Festival in Manchester.
Dylan attacked the man as he lay face down and tied him around his wrists and ankles before demanding the keys to his safe, which contained the victim's Falklands War Medal, a laptop, foreign money and family photos like that Court heard.
He threatened to "destroy his life" and forced him to say "I'm a pervert" while Dylan recorded it on his cell phone.
The victim's phone lines were cut and his property searched before the attacker fled with the medal and other valuables.
Demi confessed that she disclosed the personal information because she was "angry and upset" after media coverage of the alleged attack on Facebook and alleged destruction of her family home.
Her defense attorney, Sam Corcoran, told the court Upton was the sole carer of a three-year-old child and had never had problems with the police before.
"The defendant tells me that she attended the trial at which her brother was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison," Ms. Corcoran said.
She tells me what a shock that was. Her family was unaware of the trial until she was on trial. & # 39;
Ms. Corcoran told the court that following her brother's conviction, the Upton family home had been targeted and windows smashed.
"The defendant posted some pictures on social media that revealed the applicant's name," Ms. Corcoran said.
Manchester Crown Court had previously heard that Dylan Upton (pictured) had been in a relationship with his victim for about six months before sticking a knife in the throat of his male lover when he feared their connection would be revealed
Upton was handed a £ 300 fine after admitting to being the editor of a social media post that would likely result in members of the public identifying a victim of alleged sexual assault
Within four hours, she realized she shouldn't have, and they were removed and her Facebook account disabled.
“She is still young, but these are not nice crimes to be convicted of. She is a single mother with a three year old child.
"She has just started work after struggling during the pandemic."
After the attack, the man initially refused to complain to the police about the robbery, but was persuaded by a friend. He suffered 20 different wounds, including facial cuts that required sutures and bruises.
In a statement to the police, he said, “The attack is the last thing I think about at night and when I finally fall asleep, it is the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning.
“I live in fear and plan to move away. This man's behavior was wicked and inexcusable, and I just hope that one day he will reveal what happened to my war medal – it was priceless. & # 39;
Dylan's sister Demi was present at her brother's hearing at Manchester Crown Court in March and is said to have been "in shock" at the discovery of his crimes.
The judge in the case ordered that the victim should be anonymized due to the sexual nature of the allegations, but Demi (pictured) released the man's details
Prosecutor Miss Parveen Akhtar told Manchester Magistrates Court: “The victim (robbery) later made a statement in which the defendant's Facebook posts were published with personal information. He said he was with friends when they showed him Demi Upton's Facebook profile and the posts were forwarded to police.
The defendant's phone was seized after the device was found to have been photographed in court and posted on Facebook. She refused to give her PIN code so they could access the device, but CCTV was requested and received and viewed by the court.
In her interview, she first denied matters and then admitted. She said she was on trial for convicting her brother and a newspaper article was posted on Facebook the following day.
& # 39; It made her very angry and upset and as a result of her annoyance and the comments of others, she lost her temper and posted the pictures. She said she was sorry and she regretted it. & # 39;
Dylan was sentenced to eleven years and eight months in March after pleading guilty of robbery.
His sister Demi was fined £ 300 plus court costs of £ 85 and a mandatory sacrifice surcharge of £ 32.
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