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Man shoots wife's ex-lover over Facebook revenge porn

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Scott Watmuff was shot by his ex-lover's husband over revenge porn picture
Scott Watmuff was shot by his ex-lover's husband over revenge porn picture

A man is facing jail for shooting his wife's ex-lover who had posted a naked photo of her on Facebook

Rob Ellerby blasted personal trainer Scott Watmuff in the leg when the former Leeds United football hooligan came banging on the front door of the couple's house.

The 44-year-old shot Watmuff after seeing a naked photo of his wife, Rubbina,  posted on Facebook by the self-confessed hooligan.

Ellerby, from Chapel Lane, Sawdon, near Scarborough, UK, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and causing actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.

Watmuff, who claimed to be a former member of hooligan outfit the "Leeds United Service Crew" and said he featured in a book about their exploits, was jailed last month for a revenge porn offence.

Watmuff had an affair with the Ellerby's wife Rubbina after they met at the gym where he worked but the affair ended in July this year and when she returned home to her husband, he wanted half of the deposit on the flat back.

Robert Galley, prosecuting, said Watmuff had posted an intimate photo of Mrs Ellerby online prior to going round to their house to demand back the £500 deposit they had spent on a flat .

Watmuff, who had been drinking, smashed a window of his ex-lover's Honda Civic and banged heavily on the door.

Ellerby opened the window of an attic room and fired his shotgun into the ground, close to the back of his victim's right leg.

Watmuff fled and was "fearful and tearful", thinking Ellerby was going to "finish him off", Mr Galley told the court.

Two locals managed to stop Ellerby, who had followed him outside and had been heard to shout: "Now you know how I feel."

Ellerby then went back to the house to get a baseball bat but was again persuaded not to use it, dumping it in a planter in the garden.

At this stage Ellerby's wife was said to have demonstrated "mixed emotions", saying she loved Watmuff, but then telling her husband: "I never loved him as much as I loved you."

She claimed Watmuff told her husband: "Go on, shoot me, that's what is going to happen to you."

The court heard about Facebook posts Watmuff made to associates, said to be from the Service Crew, in which he announced no-one was to make reprisals on his behalf, and that the two men were "all square in effect", Mr Galley said.

Charles Blatchmore, defending Ellerby, said Watmuff's Facebook page featured a photo of his bare tattooed arms, along with the slogan from the Service Crew - "These colours don't run."

Mr Blatchmore said: "He wanted to present a fearsome image to those that knew him, he wanted Mr Ellerby to be scared of him and his associates."

The barrister said there have been threats made by hooligans to shoot his client.

When the couple heard the banging on their door, they thought it sounded like 10 men, not one.

The husband fired a single shot and now accepted it was wrong, the court heard, though there had been provocation and an element of self-defence, even if it was not legally enough to deny the offence.

The defence played a film taken on Ellerby's phone in the aftermath, where the defendant asked: "What have I done wrong?"

Watmuff replied: "You shot me, for a start."

Mr Blatchmore said his hard-working client had not wanted any of this to occur.

The barrister said Watmuff claimed to have lost three pints of blood and to have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but said the week after the shooting, he had written on social media: "Back on the beach and looking forward to a good workout."

The judge remanded Ellerby in custody, and told prison staff he must be kept away from Watmuff who is in jail in Hull, serving a 16-week term