A Berkshire man has been jailed for posting abusive messages online about a schoolgirl after she committed suicide. Sean Duffy, 25, of Reading, was handed an 18-week sentence for posts on social networking sites about Worcestershire teenager Natasha MacBryde. He previously pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates' Court to sending indecent or offensive communications. Police said Duffy also posted abuse about dead teenagers in Northumberland, Gloucestershire and Staffordshire. Duffy, of Grovelands Road, admitted two offences of "trolling" a term used to describe the trend of anonymously seeking to provoke outrage by posting insults and abuse online.
There are cases of people committing suicide (such as one of his "targets"), because of internet bullying etc.
Unless a person is known to be mentally ill, or otherwise unstable, I don't think trolling is criminally reckless. There's things we do everyday that are more likely to kill others on accident than trolling leading someone to commit suicide. No way freedom of speech should have restrictions put on it over that.
Originally posted by Flyer
Im glad hes in jail and we have laws against it. He is the definition of a loser.
Its a shame that mental church were denied entry to the UK because theyd have all ended up in jail too.
The right to be able to grieve in peace overrides the right for losers to be able to troll. If anyone disagrees, imagine those protesters turning up at your childs funeral and see if youd like them to have "free speech".
Originally posted by Domo1
reply to post by Flyer
I believe it is perfectly legal for me to say I wish the president would die. I certainly don't wish that but see no reason why I can't say it. I'm not making any threats.
My question to you is where do you draw the line?