The son-in-law of celebrity hairstylist Daniel Galvin Jnr today admitted to hacking into his stepfather’s Instagram account to post a message meant to embarrass him.
Raphael Yadgaroff, 31, was reacting to being called in for questioning by police over an assault on Mr Galvin, 52, in June.
South Worcestershire magistrates heard the post wrongly claimed to be from the hairdresser, whose clients include Johnny Depp and Kylie Minogue, and went into detail about his domestic struggles.
Yadgaroff claimed it was removed after 10 minutes, but prosecutor Shawn Williams said the damage was already done and Mr Galvin needed to answer questions and get the appropriate experts at a cost of £5,000 to check his innocence in the matter.
In a plea bargain, the Crown agreed to drop the charge of assault causing actual bodily harm against Yagdaroff, the son of Mr Galvin’s estranged wife, ex-model Suzanna Twigg.
Raphael Yadgaroff (left), 31, was reacting to being called in for questioning by police over an assault on Mr Galvin, 52, in June Right: Suzanna Twigg
Magistrates in South Worcestershire heard the message wrongly claimed to be from the hairdresser (pictured), whose clients include Johnny Depp and Kylie Minogue, and went into detail about his domestic struggles
Daniel Galvin Jr is pictured with Amanda Cronin at the launch of Amanda Caroline Skincare, Nobu Hotel Portman Square, London, this month
Mr Williams said on the bench: ‘The complainant, Mr Galvin, suffered serious and unpleasant injuries. Had there been a trial, medical evidence would have been presented in court about his fractured cheekbone and some very nasty photographs showing the injuries.
“This case has a family history and it was a continuation of discord within the family.
“Mr. Galvin has thought long and hard about his position and is now of the opinion that he does not want to argue the issue.
“He thinks this is the first building block in healing the relationship between him and his son-in-law – maybe not tomorrow, not for a while, but he hopes it can be achieved at some point in the future.
“It’s the start of an olive branch process. The dove of peace has not yet left the cage but the cage door has been unlocked.’
Yadgaroff claimed it was removed after 10 minutes, but prosecutor Shawn Williams said the damage was already done and Mr Galvin (pictured) had to answer questions and ask the appropriate experts at a cost of £5,000 to verify his innocence in the case.
The decision not to pursue the assault charge was seen from the public gallery by Mr Galvin’s father, Daniel Galvin Snr, the man who introduced highlights into Princess Diana’s hair in the 1980s and cut Mrs. Thatcher’s hair.
Turning to the issue of malicious communication, Mr Williams said: ‘Once he was investigated, Mr Yadgaroff posted a message via social media. It was an infiltration of Mr. Galvin’s media account and placed on his Instagram account in an effort to cause him embarrassment and distress.
‘The defendant accessed the plaintiff’s private account and posted a message impersonating Mr. Galvin and making comments of the type that he knew would cause damage to his business.
“The message resulted in calls to Mr. Galvin with questions and queries which he had to dismiss to say it wasn’t from him and it wasn’t accurate.”
Yadgaroff (pictured), whose case file showed an earlier caution for criminal damage from 2011, was fined a total of £289 He said he would ask his mother for help to pay him back
Defending Yadgaroff, Richard Hull said his client vehemently denied the initial assault and allegedly presented evidence of Mr Galvin’s inebriation and aggressive drunken behavior at the time.
“My client was just trying to protect himself,” Mr Hull said.
He said the Instagram post was “a stupid and immature reaction” to being asked about the assault.
“In essence, he described the disharmony in the family,” he added, “and invited people to come and talk to him about it.”
Businessman Yadgaroff had set up a business hosting sex parties, but the court heard he was now living on benefits in Bristol because his business had been affected by the pandemic.
Magistrate Susan Dowti imposed a one-year restraining order on Yadgaroff, ordering him not to have any contact with Mr. Galvin, either directly or through third parties.
“I hope that at some point there will be a reconciliation,” she added.
Yadgaroff, whose case file showed an earlier caution for criminal damage from 2011, was fined a total of £289. He said he would ask his mother for help to pay him back.