Opinion Ian O'Doherty

Thursday 19 April 2018

I guess you just can't cure stupid

Prize twit: Caroline Criado-Perez thinks her online tormentor is also a victim. Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/PA
Prize twit: Caroline Criado-Perez thinks her online tormentor is also a victim. Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/PA
Isabella Sorley, 23, from Newcastle, arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court, London
John Nimmo leaves City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London
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Well, that didn't take long, did it? If 2013 will be remembered as the year when cyberbullying became the national sport, then we could be forgiven for hoping that the next 12 months would prove to be a rather more polite kettle of fish.

And maybe this week's conviction of two trolls for sending vile threats to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez will soften the cough of those socially inadequate amoeba who get a kick out of threatening people.

You might remember that Criado-Perez came to attention last year when her successful campaign to have Jane Austen placed on an English banknote attracted dozens of violent threats. So it was truly gratifying to see two of the worst offenders, John Nimmo (23) and Isabella Sorley (25) in Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to answer for their actions.

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