John Nimmo pleaded guilty to abusing Caroline Criado-Perez

Stella Creasy. File image.

Stella Creasy. File image.

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A man who sent abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy has admitted threatening to rape a feminist campaigner.

John Nimmo, 25, from South Shields, on Tuesday pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates to abusing Caroline Criado-Perez online after she launched a successful campaign for Jane Austen to feature on a new £10 note.

He is due to be sentenced on January 24.

Nimmo was one of five suspects who allegedly sent abusive tweets to the women.

The CPS charged two in relation to tweets targeting Ms Criad-Perez.

Isabella Sorley, 23, of Newcastle also admitted sending menacing tweets to her.

A third suspect who targeted Ms Criado-Perez was not charged due to insufficient evidence.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: “In respect of one other suspect, who allegedly sent offensive messages to Stella Creasy MP, we determined that although there was sufficient evidence that an offence had been committed under Section 127 of the Communications Act, it would not be in the public interest to prosecute, having applied the Director’s guidelines and having particular regard to the young age and personal circumstances of the suspect.

“In relation to the fifth suspect, we have asked the police carry out further investigation before a charging decision can be made.

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1:57pm Thu 9 Jan 14

karenogil76 says...

I am not best pleased that the abusers were jailed I felt they needed to be taken to a secure Psychiatric unit for assessment and then have specialist counselling with their incarceration. It does bring up the same old question though. Children have been committing suicide from bullying online for years. And only when verbal and threating abuse is thrown at an MP. The judges through the book at the perpetrators. Lets see what happens when it is an everyday pleb on the street that is the target of this kind of offence again.
Sadly I don't think it will include court action and a jail term.
I am not best pleased that the abusers were jailed I felt they needed to be taken to a secure Psychiatric unit for assessment and then have specialist counselling with their incarceration. It does bring up the same old question though. Children have been committing suicide from bullying online for years. And only when verbal and threating abuse is thrown at an MP. The judges through the book at the perpetrators. Lets see what happens when it is an everyday pleb on the street that is the target of this kind of offence again. Sadly I don't think it will include court action and a jail term. karenogil76
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3:38pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Walthamster says...

Karen, there's no evidence the abusers are mentally ill. Online bullying is a cruel 'sport' for cowards who do it because they can get away with it. Many cases have already caused suicides. High-profile prosecutions should remind bullies that they can be traced and they won't get away with it.
Karen, there's no evidence the abusers are mentally ill. Online bullying is a cruel 'sport' for cowards who do it because they can get away with it. Many cases have already caused suicides. High-profile prosecutions should remind bullies that they can be traced and they won't get away with it. Walthamster
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6:55pm Sat 11 Jan 14

snacker says...

karenogil76 wrote:
I am not best pleased that the abusers were jailed I felt they needed to be taken to a secure Psychiatric unit for assessment and then have specialist counselling with their incarceration. It does bring up the same old question though. Children have been committing suicide from bullying online for years. And only when verbal and threating abuse is thrown at an MP. The judges through the book at the perpetrators. Lets see what happens when it is an everyday pleb on the street that is the target of this kind of offence again.
Sadly I don't think it will include court action and a jail term.
I don't think they have been jailed as yet, the story suggests they are still awaiting sentence. On a purely personal note I think sending women threats of rape warrants a prison sentence.
[quote][p][bold]karenogil76[/bold] wrote: I am not best pleased that the abusers were jailed I felt they needed to be taken to a secure Psychiatric unit for assessment and then have specialist counselling with their incarceration. It does bring up the same old question though. Children have been committing suicide from bullying online for years. And only when verbal and threating abuse is thrown at an MP. The judges through the book at the perpetrators. Lets see what happens when it is an everyday pleb on the street that is the target of this kind of offence again. Sadly I don't think it will include court action and a jail term.[/p][/quote]I don't think they have been jailed as yet, the story suggests they are still awaiting sentence. On a purely personal note I think sending women threats of rape warrants a prison sentence. snacker
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