A man who recorded a naked woman in a tub without her permission was yesterday fined $500.
Dennis Watson, 23, pleaded guilty to voyeurism in connection with the recording when he appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.
The consequences of his actions were far-reaching as Alexia Forbes, with whom he has a one-year-old child, posted the video as Watson’s WhatsApp status.
Forbes, too, pleaded guilty to voyeurism and an additional charge of intentional libel. She was fined $1,500 for her actions.
They both have until June 12 to pay the fines to avoid a six-month sentence.
In passing sentence, Turnquest-Deveaux said the victim would have to relive the incident each time the video was circulated.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Kenny Thompson, the victim told police that Forbes sent her voice messages threatening to release a nude video of her. The woman described Forbes as Watson’s “ex-girlfriend and baby mother”.
The woman said the video was later posted on Watson’s WhatsApp status. Someone screen-recorded the video and sent it to her, Thompson told the court.
In an interview with police, Forbes admitted that she stole the video while searching Watson’s phone and posted it on his WhatsApp status, Thompson said.
As for Watson, he told police he recorded the woman, so she could see how she behaved while drunk.
In mitigation, defense attorney V. Alfred Gray said that both defendants were remorseful.
According to Gray, the complainant got extremely drunk at a party and started to vomit over herself.
Gray said Watson and others removed the woman’s soiled clothing and put her in the tub.
He emphasized that Watson only wanted the woman to see how she acted while drunk.
Regarding Forbes, Gray said she acted out of jealousy since Watson was seeing both women.
Gray suggested that the court give a conditional discharge.