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Two guilty over abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez

January 7, 2014 3:08 PM
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Two guilty over abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez

Two people have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

Isabella Sorley, 23, of Newcastle, and John Nimmo, 25, of South Shields, admitted at Westminster Magistrates' Court sending the messages over a public communications network.

Journalist Ms Criado-Perez, from Rutland, received abuse after her campaign for author Jane Austen to appear on the new £10 note succeeded.

Ms Criado-Perez's campaign began after the Bank of England dropped Elizabeth Fry from new £5 notes in favour of Sir Winston Churchill, leaving no female presence on bank notes.

Sorley and Nimmo pleaded guilty to sending by means of a public electronic communications network messages which were menacing in character, contrary to Section 127(1) (A) of the Communications Act 2003.

The Crown Prosecution Service said prosecution of a separate suspect who allegedly sent offensive messages to Ms Creasy was not in the public interest.


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