Domestic abuse victim, 21, who was beaten while pregnant in court after sharing 'revenge porn' of attacker

A DOMESTIC abuse victim who was beaten while pregnant has appeared in court after sharing “revenge porn” of her attacker.

Shelby Gratty, 21, shared explicit videos of Teejay Etchells, 23, in a bid to publicly embarrass him after she fell victim to his jealous-fuelled attacks.



Etchells is currently serving 33 months in jail for beating his former partner, leaving Gratty with a broken nose and fractured cheekbone during their 18-month “volatile” relationship.

But Gratty was herself arrested after police were alerted to images circulating online.

Relatives of Etchells were said to be ''disgusted'' by the content which was sent to them via social media.

Inquiries revealed Gratty had also shared images of Etchells exposing himself during private photos she took of him during their affair.

ABUSE VICTIM

Prosecutor Henry Blackshaw said that shortly before the explicit images circulated on social media in May last year, there was clear “abuse and control” by Etchell.

Mr Blackshaw said: “He went through her mobile phone and accused her of cheating. He grabbed hold of her neck and choked her repeatedly.

“She describes her vision as having gone bleary but she did not lose consciousness.

“He punched her four or five times with his fists causing injuries to her face.

He punched her four or five times with his fists causing injuries to her face."

“She was left with an open wound on the left side of her nose which caused significant bleeding and obvious swelling.

“She eventually escaped from the address and went to police.”

Initially an indecent video of him was shared by Gratty on WhatsApp before she sent an image of Etchells exposing himself.

One of the relatives, who was sent the pictures, told police: ''I am disgusted and I don’t think it’s appropriate sending me these videos. I don’t need to be seeing that.”

'REVENGE PORN'

Etchells' mum said: ''Shelby was doing this on purpose as she wants to try and get back at my family because of the issues between her and Teejay."

The court heard Gratty also hounded the grandparents of one of her ex's friends by organising unwanted visits from tradesmen and online takeaways to their home.

The elderly couple said they received five unwanted deliveries every hour and were hounded simply because their grandson was a friend of Etchells.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

At Tameside Magistrates’ Court, Gratty admitted malicious communications, harassment, causing a public nuisance and criminal damage and was ordered to complete a 12-month community order.

Etchells, of Hyde, Gtr Manchester, is currently serving 33 months in jail for unlawfully wounding Gratty and is barred from contacting her for life under the terms of a restraining order.

During the latest hearing JPs imposed an order under Section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act banning publication of Gratty's home address over claims her life was at a “risk” from Etchells.

The court heard that the relationship started when Gratty was heavily pregnant with another man’s child. The baby has since been adopted.

Gratty was issued with a 12 month restraining order and was told to abide by an 8pm – 8am curfew for 13 weeks. She was also ordered to pay a total of £450 in compensation.

Etchells had numerous previous convictions for violence towards previous partners.

It was claimed while he was in jail, Etchells called Gratty and offered to pay her for her to stay in a hotel rather than give evidence against him in court.



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