A playwright bombarded a couple with junk mail addressed to ‘Peter File’ in revenge for a court case one of their relatives was involved in.
Geraint Jones signed the couple up to online mailing lists leading to them receiving ‘a large number’ of brochures and catalogues at their home address between February and July last year, Swansea Magistrates Court heard.
The mail, from a wide range of companies and organisations, was addressed to a ‘Peter File’ – a play on the word ‘paedophile.’
This was a reference to a sexual assault case a relative of the victims was previously involved in.
A playwright bombarded a couple with junk mail addressed to ‘Peter File’ in revenge for a court case one of their relatives was involved in. File photo
Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, said the couple eventually went to police to report what was happening, and officers approached some of the companies the mail had originated from.
One of the firms, Saga, was able to give police the internet protocol address of the computer which had been used when the couple were signed-up to the mailing list.
They were then able to link that to an internet account, and eventually to Jones.
Officers went the 30-year-old playwright’s home and seized his computers.
Jones, of Rhodfa’r Wennol, Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea, pleaded guilty to harassment without violence when he appeared before district judge Neale Thomas.
Geraint Jones signed the couple up to online mailing lists leading to them receiving ‘a large number’ of brochures and catalogues at their home address. File photo
The court heard Jones had no previous convictions, and had turned to writing and producing plays after a career in retail.
A probation report into the defendant said the campaign of harassment had been ‘some sort of revenge’ over a court case a relative of the couple had previously been involved in.
The report concluded that Jones was now aware of the psychological harm he had inflicted on the couple, but ‘needs to understand that he cannot act as some form of vigilante’.
Jones was given a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement, and must complete 80 hours of unpaid work.
He must also pay £85 towards prosecution costs, and an £85 victim surcharge.