Sunday 22 October 2017

Feminist campaigner 'relieved' at sentences for Twitter abusers

Jailed: Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo. PA
Jailed: Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo. PA

Jennifer Cockerell

Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez said she had been through a "terrifying" experience, after a man and a woman were jailed for sending her abusive messages on Twitter.

Isabella Sorley (23) and John Nimmo (25) bombarded her with rape and death threats last year after she led a successful campaign using social media for a female figure to appear on a Bank of England note.

Sorley was jailed for 12 weeks and "social recluse" Nimmo was jailed for eight weeks.

Judge Howard Riddle told them it was "hard to imagine more extreme threats".

Ms Criado-Perez did not attend the hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, but in a statement said: "I feel immensely relieved that the judge clearly has understood the severity of the impact this abuse has had on me."

Sorley, from Akenside Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Nimmo, from Moreland Road, South Shields pleaded guilty on January 7 to sending menacing tweets. Sorley used Twitter to tell Ms Criado-Perez to "f*** off and die you worthless piece of crap", "go kill yourself" and "rape is the last of your worries".

Her lawyer Sean Caulfield said she herself was a "victim" of new technology.

Nimmo told Ms Criado-Perez to "shut up bitch" and "Ya not that gd looking to rape u be fine" and then the message "rape her nice a**". His lawyer Paul Kennedy described him as a "somewhat sad individual".

Ms Criado-Perez responded to fresh abusive tweets after the sentencing. She wrote: "Thanks 4 support. Have obviously reported to the police."

Irish Independent

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