Mum who outed victim of drug-fuelled sex assault on Facebook dragged to court

A mum who named a victim of sexual assault on Faceboook has appeared in court.

Demi Upton, 23, revealed the name and address of the male victim on her social media profile, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

The man had been attacked by her younger brother, Dylan Upton, who was jailed for 11 years at Manchester Crown Court earlier this year.

Upton, who had a long-term girlfriend, attacked his male lover and put a knife to his throat in fear their relationship would be revealed, reports Manchester Evening News.

The 21-year-old was leading a double life and had a drug-fuelled homosexual relationship with the man, an Army veteran he met on the dating app Grindr.

His sister, Demi, attended Dylan's sentencing hearing and was 'in shock' when her brother's crimes were revealed in court, reports say.

Parveen Akhtar, magistrates prosecutor, told the court that Miss Upton had taken an illegal photograph of a Manchester Evening News journalist outside the courtroom.

After seeing a news report detailing the her brother's court case, she posted the photo of the journalist on social media using derogatory language, the court heard.

She also posted a picture of a 'historical sexual offence interim risk order' on Facebook, which revealed and identified the victim's name, date of birth and address, the prosecutor added.

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  • The victim's friends showed him the photos, who screen shotted them and sent it to Greater Manchester Police.

    Upton was arrested and refused to give officers her mobile pin code when interviewed.

    Demi Upton, of Talgarth Road, Manchester, appeared in the dock herself and was handed a £300 fine.

    She admitted an offence of being the publisher of a social media post which would likely lead members of the public to identify a victim of sexual assault.

    Her defence solicitor, Sam Corcoran, said her client was the sole carer of a three-year-old child and had never been in trouble with police before, the court heard.

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    "The defendant tells me that she attended the court hearing where her brother was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison," Ms Corcoran said.

    "She tells me what a very big shock that was. Her family were unaware of the proceedings until they were sat in court."

    The defence said Miss Upton's family home was targeted and windows were smashed following her brother's court case.

    "The defendant has put some images on social media which disclosed the name of the complainant," Ms Corcoran said.

    "Within four hours she realised she should have done it and removed them and deactivated her Facebook account.

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    "She is still young but these are not nice offences to be convicted of. She is a single mother with a three-year-old child.

    "She has just started employment after having difficulties during the pandemic."

    Dylan Upton had been in a happy relationship with his victim for around six months, Manchester Crown Court previously heard.

    He visited the man's flat late at night after attending Parklife Festival in June, 2019.

    Upton assaulted the victim as he lay face down, bound by his wrists and ankles. The 21-year-old also ransacked his home and stole items, including a 'priceless' medal he earned for his service in the Falkands War.

    He forced him to say 'I am a pervert' while recording it on his phone and threatened to 'destroy his life'.

    Dylon Upton was sentenced to 11 years and eight months after pleading guilty to robbery.

    Demi Upton was ordered to pay a £300 fine, court costs of £85 and a mandatory victim surcharge of £32.

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