Greater protections for victims of online abuse proposed by Law Commission – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has today published proposals to better protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages or emails, cyberflashing, and pile-on harassment. Reforms to tackle the malicious sharing of information known to be false have also been proposed.’

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Law Commission, 11th September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Scientist jailed for sending fake poison to Theresa May – BBC News

‘A scientist has been jailed for sending fake poison to Theresa May in a letter criticising her policy on Russia.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2020

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Solicitor fined after conviction for abusive Facebook messages – Legal Futures

‘A junior solicitor diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who was convicted after sending a woman he briefly dated a series of abusive Facebook messages has been fined £10,000 by a disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MP Liz Saville-Roberts: Man jailed for sending threatening email – BBC News

‘A 66-year-old man who sent a threatening email to Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 23rd June 2020

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YouTuber jailed for Birmingham hospital bomb threat – BBC News

‘A YouTuber who filmed himself phoning a “truly despicable” bomb threat to a hospital dealing with Covid-19 patients has been jailed for 12 weeks.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2020

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Woman who posed as man on gay dating app jailed for stalking – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2020 in harassment, internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘A woman has been jailed for posing as a man on a gay dating app and sharing sexual photos and videos of a man she met online during a “disturbing campaign of harassment”.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2020

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UN warns of rise of ‘cybertorture’ to bypass physical ban – The Guardian

‘Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain and may open the way to a future of “cybertorture”, the UN torture rapporteur has said.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2020

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Holocaust denial, hyperlinks and YouTube: Chabloz again – Law & Religion UK

‘Alison Chabloz was convicted in 2018 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of three offences contrary to s.127(1) of the Communications Act 2003.

On appeal, in R v Alison Chabloz [2019] Southwark Crown Court 13 February, the issue was whether or not the three songs were “grossly offensive” [2]. She lost.

She then sought to appeal by way of case stated; however, following a hearing in May concerned with how the matter should proceed, the judge refused to state a case and indicated that the proper course was for her to seek permission for judicial review of the written ruling. No such application was ever formally made, although written grounds for judicial review were produced in September 2019. In Chabloz v Crown Prosecution Service [2019] EWHC 3094 (Admin), Coulson LJ sets out the rather confusing procedural history of the case at [2]-[5].

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Law & Religion UK, 20th November 2019

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Man who sent death threat to Anna Soubry is jailed – The Guardian

‘A man who sent a threatening letter to the MP Anna Soubry telling her that she would be murdered like Jo Cox has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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Katrice Lee: Woman sentenced for impersonating missing toddler – BBC News

‘A woman who used social media to impersonate a toddler missing for almost 40 years has been handed a suspended jail term.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2019

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‘Catfishing’ sex offender is jailed for a year – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 18th, 2019 in internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A convicted sex offender, who posed as a woman on a dating website in order to trick other females into sending him intimate photographs, has been jailed for a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th September 2019

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Teenager who trolled herself with fake social media accounts then blamed it on ex-boyfriend to get revenge is jailed – The Independent

‘A teenage girl who trolled herself on social media and blamed it on her ex-boyfriend in a revenge plot has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2019

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White supremacist who sent fake anthrax to Queen jailed for 12 years – The Guardian

‘A white supremacist who triggered a full-scale security alert after sending fake anthrax to the Queen with a threatening note saying “the clowns r coming 4 you” has been jailed for 12 and a half years.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2019

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Family of teenager fatally stabbed by his friend launch legal challenge against “unduly lenient” sentence – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of a teenager fatally stabbed by his friend have launched a legal challenge against the “unduly lenient” sentence he received.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2019

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Pro-Brexit war veteran jailed for Heidi Allen posts – BBC News

‘A pro-Brexit war veteran who menaced a Remain-supporting MP with “terrifying” online posts has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2019

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Brexiteer jailed for threatening to kill MPs – The Independent

‘A Brexiteer has been jailed for threatening to kill MPs because he felt they were trying to “delay or stop the UK’s exit from the European Union”.’

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The Independent, 3rd August 2019

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The Warwick ‘rape chat’ case exposes universities’ failings on sexual violence – The Guardian

‘A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2019

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Law Commission to undertake phase 2 of the Abusive and Offensive Online Communications project – Law Commission

‘The Government has announced that it is asking the Law Commission to undertake phase 2 of the Abusive and Offensive Online Communications project.’

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Law Commission, 26th June 2019

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Revenge porn and ‘cyber-flashing’ laws go under review – The Guardian

‘Victims of revenge porn may be given automatic anonymity in court under a government-initiated review of online harassment that could recommend criminalising “cyber-flashing” and “deepfake” images.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

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‘This is not love’: victim of coercive control says she saw red flags from start –

‘Natalie Curtis decided to leave her husband when he marched her to a pawn shop to sell her wedding and engagement ring.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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