Twitter threats result in prison sentences

February 2014

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Two people who sent abusive and menacing tweets to banknote campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and Labour MP Stella Creasy have been jailed in the UK. Isabella Sorley, 23, and John Nimmo, 25, posted dozens of abusive tweets against both women before they were arrested. District judge Howard Riddle jailed Sorley for 12 weeks and Nimmo for 8 weeks and ordered them to each pay £400 compensation to each victim. Criado-Perez successfully campaigned to have a woman appear on one of the UK’s banknotes – only to be tweeted by Sorley ‘fuck off you worthless piece of crap’ and “go kill yourself” and “rape is the last of your worries”. Unemployed Nimmo tweeted “shut up bitch” to Criado-Perez and “Ya not that good looking to rape u be fine” and that he would “rape her nice ass” and “I will find you (smiley face). He told Creasy she was a “dumb blonde bitch” after she had congratulated Criado-Perez on her campaign. The Judge said it was “hard to imagine more extreme threats” and that “substantial fear was caused” – Creasy had a panic button installed at her home. Earlier this month the pair pleaded guilty to sending the menacing tweets, admitting they were among the users of 86 separate Twitter accounts from which Ms Criado-Perez had received abusive messages. Sorley had 25 previous convictions, in the main for drunk and disorderly, although she committed two more offences whilst on bail of assaulting a police officer.

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