Two admit sending menacing tweets to feminist campaigner

Two people have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez after her successful campaign to get a woman on banknotes. John Nimmo, 25, and Isabella Sorley, 23, admitted sending the messages in July.

Man who sent abusive tweets 'also targeted Labour MP'

John Nimmo, who pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner, also targeted Labour MP Stella Creasy, a court heard.

File photo of Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow.
Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, also received abusive messages on Twitter. Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

Prosecutor Alison Morgan said Ms Creasy had suffered a "substantial impact" as a result of "these events."

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Twitter abuse pair set to be sentenced on January 24

The pair who pleaded guilty to sending abusive tweets to a feminist campaigner are due to be sentenced on January 24 at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

John Nimmo was released on conditional bail while Isabella Sorley was remanded in custody.

District Judge Howard Riddle warned Sorley it was "almost inevitable" that she would receive a jail sentence.

He told Nimmo, described to the court as a "social recluse", that "all options" remained open.

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Feminist campaigner 'hugely relieved' over guilty pleas

The feminist campaigner who received abuse on Twitter said she was "hugely relieved" that defendants John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley have pleaded guilty.

Caroline Criado-Perez tweeted: "This is not a joyful day, these two abusers reflect a small drop in the ocean, both in terms of the abuse I received across July and August, but also in terms of the abuse that other women receive online.

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Thank you to those of you who have offered your support today. For obvious reasons I am staying off twitter (cont) http://t.co/GwilIHuUqn

"I hope that for some people who are watching, this conviction will be a warning: online abuse is not consequence-free".

Ms Criado-Perez added that she will stay off Twitter as much as possible today "as inevitably the renewed attention will mean renewed abuse".

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Campaigner 'suffered life-changing effects' over tweets

Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez "suffered life-changing psychological effects" from the abuse she received on Twitter following her successful campaign to get a woman on British banknotes, a court heard.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan told Westminster Magistrates' Court, "In particular, the menacing nature of the tweets sent by both defendants caused her significant fear that they would find her and carry out their threats."

File photo of Caroline Criado-Perez.
Caroline Criado-Perez received abusive messages from some 86 Twitter accounts, the court heard. Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

Ms Criado-Perez received abusive messages "of one type or another" from some 86 Twitter accounts, including those accounts attributed to defendants John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley.

Nimmo and Sorley have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to Ms Criado-Perez.

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Pair sent 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner following her successful campaign to ensure a woman features on British banknotes.

Nimmo, 25, and Sorley, 23, admitted a charge of sending the messages in July last year to Caroline Criado-Perez.

John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The pair sent the tweets after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney revealed that Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen would replace Charles Darwin as the face of the £10 note.

The announcement was hailed as a "brilliant day for women" by Ms Criado-Perez.

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