Troubled Kangaroos AFL star Tarryn Thomas learns his fate as he faces court over alleged revenge porn threats against his ex

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Troubled Kangaroos AFL star Tarryn Thomas learns his fate as he faces court over alleged revenge porn threats against his ex



Troubled Kangaroos AFL star Tarryn Thomas learns his fate as he faces court over alleged revenge porn threats against his ex

Thomas appears in court over retaliatory-indecent threats to downgrade troubled Kangaroos star A court hearing in July 2022

North Melbourne player Taryn Thomas has walked free from court without criminal convictions for threatening to distribute intimate videos of his ex-partner.

The 23-year-old was initially charged with threatening to distribute an intimate photo of another person, but that was downgraded by prosecutors to using a carriage service to harass someone.

The footballer, who also goes by the surname Trindall, appeared at Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where full details of the offenses were aired publicly for the first time.

In July 2022, Thomas accused his ex-girlfriend of being intimate with another man while they were talking to each other via Instagram messages, Magistrate Julie Granger told the court.

The couple began arguing, exchanging several messages, and the woman said something about Thomas’ mother that offended him.

AFL star Taryn Thomas walks free from court without criminal conviction for threatening to distribute intimate video of his ex-partner

Thomas appeared at Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where full details of the crime were made public for the first time.

Thomas threatened to share intimate video recordings of the two of them, and the woman believed he had distributed the clips.

But Thomas has not distributed the videos and has taken full responsibility for his crimes since 2009.

His lawyer Sally Vardy said Thomas was not coping with the sudden loss of his maternal grandmother and was dealing with family issues when he committed the crime.

‘Mr Trindle’s reactive response to an instant message sent by the complainant’, he said.

‘He took it as a slight against [his] Mother and she responded.’

He accepted his behavior was unacceptable and attended offending programs, social media training and engaged a psychiatrist, Ms Verdi said.

He is working part-time cleaning for an Aboriginal start-up business and has returned to playing for the North Melbourne Football Club.

Ms Granger said the Instagram messages were ‘harassing, inappropriate, unacceptable’ but admitted Thomas took responsibility.

Thomas has not distributed the videos and has taken full responsibility for his crimes in the year since the incident

Thomas admitted his behavior was unacceptable and attended an offending program, social media training and engaged a psychiatrist.

‘For all the wonderful work Mr Trindall has done in the last 12 months, he has learned better ways to manage his emotions, to deal with conflict, heartache and disappointment, break up relationships, so that he doesn’t respond in the future. This way,’ she said.

He agreed to give Thomas a diversion, meaning he would face a felony conviction, and was ordered to pay $1000 to charity.

‘You will have no searchable criminal record, and hopefully this will be your last appearance in court,’ said Ms Granger.

His charge will be withdrawn after payment to the court fund, which has to be done by August 15.

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