By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FILIPINO couple will return to Magistrate’s Court today to face sentencing for criminal defamation concerning the husband’s posting of several nude images of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook.
Angelo Cayetano, 36, and April Cayetano, 30, both of Mt Pleasant Village, were found guilty of intentional libel last month by Magistrate Samuel McKinney concerning the postings made on social media between December 1, 2012 and May 4, 2014.
It was claimed that they unlawfully published defamatory pictures of a woman intending to defame her.
In the pictures that were removed from the social media site, the complainant, whose identity was withheld for her protection, is shown posing naked in a number of positions.
At trial, the 39-year-old former live-in housekeeper testified that she began dating Mr Cayetano in 2011 and their relationship ended in 2012.
The woman said that Mr Cayetano tried to blackmail her into continuing the extramarital affair by threatening to release photos and video of her that he had taken of her in compromising positions.
She said that Mr Cayetano gave her two weeks to change her mind. After she did not relent, the woman was informed by friends that they had seen naked pictures of her on Facebook.
One of the victim’s friends testified that Mrs Cayetano sent her the photographs.
Mrs Cayetano allegedly told the victim’s friend: “Your friend is a whore and she’s having a relationship with my husband.”
The two maintained their innocence since their arraignment in May 2014. They face up to two years imprisonment.
Sergeant Philip Davis prosecuted and Tai Pinder appeared for the Cayetanos.