Paul Playle, 43, used false social media profiles to humiliate and degrade his wife of 27 years while continuing to play the role of loving partner at home, Lewes Crown Court was told.

He set up email and Facebook accounts under the assumed identity of Anthony Reynolds and sent endless messages to his wife, Amanda, 43, with whom he has three children.

In a series of “excessive” and threatening online encounters, he revealed that he had been watching her and had detailed knowledge of her whereabouts and personal life. Between December 2015 and June 2017, he questioned her about previous sexual encounters and called her a slag.

During this time Playle, who lived in East Sussex, comforted his distressed wife as she became withdrawn and stopped leaving the house.

Sentencing him at Lewes crown court to three and a half years in jail, Judge Christine Henson said that the evidence was overwhelming:

“You are the author of your own fate,” she said. “You watched your wife effectively crumble before you because of the fear she was experiencing from this online abuse. You pretended to comfort her. That is the most calculating and cruel behaviour. You’re in complete denial of your crime.”

Mrs Playle, a nursery worker, said that she was affected so badly by the “unbelievable” ordeal that she had considered suicide.

Jose Olivares-Chandler represented Mr Playle at trial and was instructed by Alex Kenney at Kesar & Co solicitors.

Jose is ranked in the Legal 500 as a band 3 leading individual in crime at the London Bar:

"an incredibly intellectually gifted barrister, who goes above and beyond on a regular basis" 

"well-prepared and skilful in his advocacy."

The Legal 500 2016 & 2017.

He defends and prosecutes in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations including offences of violence, sexual offences (including rapes and sex trafficking), firearms offences, drugs offences, fraud and confiscation proceedings. 

Jose is ranked in the Legal 500 as a band 3 leading individual in crime at the London Bar. He defends and prosecutes in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations including offences of violence, sexual offences (including rapes and sex trafficking), firearms offences, drugs offences, fraud and confiscation proceedings.