Gorleston woman given suspended sentence after posting revenge porn on Eastenders actor’s Facebook page

Emilia Marcou outside court. Central News.

Emilia Marcou outside court. Central News. - Credit: Archant

A jilted girlfriend who posted a revenge porn film on Facebook after she split from her EastEnders actor lover was spared jail today.

Emilia Marcou, of New College Close, Gorleston, filmed herself having sex with her boyfriend in a hotel room and teamed up with friend Sarah McKenna, 40, in a deliberate bid to humiliate the victim.

The actor, who cannot be named has appeared on shows including EastEnders.

The pair had met on Instagram and built up a friendship via Whatsapp messages, Hammersmith Magistrates' heard.

Edward Aydin, prosecuting, said: 'This is a case of sex, lies and video. The complainant in this case is an actor and director of British films, who uses social media to promote himself and his work.


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'He was in a relationship with Ms Marcou, but ended it after he found out about a relationship with someone else she was having.'

Mr Aydin said Ms Marcou, 40, then sent a string of abusive messages to the victim and his new partner.

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He said: 'While together, the pair had made a video in a hotel. They were both naked having sex.'

Mr Aydin told the court the making of the video was consensual, but that the victim had asked Marcou to delete it.

He added: 'He tried to be friendly and civil to stop her uploading the footage.'

Marcou and McKenna then put the pictures from the video online, with McKenna creating a fake Facebook profile in the name of Theresa Thorne, and uploading the pictures to the victim's Facebook page.

Mr Aydin said: 'There were three picture messages of Ms Marcou and the victim having sex.

'Her face was covered by a purple devil emoji, his face body and private parts were clearly on display.

'The pictures all appeared on the victim's Facebook page.'

The victim then noticed the pictures, removed them, and reported the incident to the police.

Mr Aydin then read aloud messages sent between the Marcou and McKenna. He said the pair had shown little remorse and it was a deliberate attempt to humiliate the victim.

He said: 'This was specifically to humiliate and degrade the victim, and there has been no shame, no mea culpa.

'The actions were low and trashy and they were like two rats in a gutter.'

Ian Fisher, representing Marcou, said: 'The account wasn't a fake one set up for this express purpose. It was an old account that was reactivated.

'This wasn't a post on the Facebook page, it was a comment underneath other comments. It was burrowed down on the page.

'The complainant realised and deleted them after a minute, there is no evidence anyone saw them.'

Myles Jackman, representing McKenna who is from Essex, said: 'Given the coup de theatre of this prosecuting I would say this is more a dangerous liason.'

Mr Jackman then handed the judge a doctor's note detailing his clients health problems.

Both women had earlier pleaded guilty to disclosing the private photos.

Handing Marcou an 18-week sentence suspended for 18 months and McKenna a 12 week term suspended for 18 months, District Judge Timothy King said: 'This is a serious offence.

'There has been remorse from both of you, but that will be of little comfort to the complainant.'

Marcou was also handed a 12 month community order, and 120 hours of unpaid work.

McKenna was also handed a 12 month community order, and given 100 hours of unpaid work.

The pair were also handed a restraining order and ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and an £80 government surcharge.

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