NE Twitter abusers sentenced

The pair who pleaded guilty to sending abusive tweets to a feminist campaigner are due to be sentenced. Isabella Sorley from Newcastle, & John Nimmo from South Shields sent messages to Caroline Criado-Perez after her female-figure banknotes campaign.

Full report: Pair jailed for vile tweets

They hid behind the internet to send vile and threatening messages to a prominent feminist campaigner and a female MP.

Isabella Sorley from Newcastle and John Nimmo from South Shields are both behind bars for Tweets a judge ruled had struck real fear and panic into their victims.

The news has been welcomed by campaigners fighting for more action to stop so called internet trolling.

Gregg Easteal reports.

Advertisement

Tyneside pair jailed for online abuse

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo have been jailed for subjecting feminist campaigner Caroline Criado to online abuse. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

A man and a woman from Tyneside have been jailed for subjecting a high-profile feminist to online abuse.

23-year-old Isabella Sorley, from Newcastle and 25-year old John Nimmo from South Shields used Twitter to subject campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to threats of violence.

Sentencing Sorley to 12 weeks in prison and Nimmo to eight weeks, Judge Howard Riddle said it was "hard to imagine more extreme threats".

The pair bombarded Ms Criado-Perez with the abusive messages after she led a successful campaign using social media for a female figure to appear on a Bank of England note.

Judge Howard Riddle said the effect of the abuse on Ms Criado-Perez had been "life- changing".

She describes "panic and fear and horror," he said.

Nimmo also targetted Stella Casey, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, with an abusive message.

The judge that this had a "substantial" impact on Ms Creasy, who has had a panic button installed in her home.

The judge said of the abusive tweets: "The fact that they were anonymous heightened the fear.

"The victims had no way of knowing how dangerous the people making the threats were, whether they had just come out of prison, or how to recognise and avoid them if they came across them in public."

National

Twitter trolls face jail over abuse of feminist campaigner

Two people are facing jail today after they admitted sending menacing Twitter messages to a feminist campaigner.

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo who are facing jail today
Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo who are facing jail today for subjecting feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to online abuse Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Isabella Sorley, 23 and John Nimmo, 25 used Twitter to threaten 29-year-old student and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez with obscene messages that included death and rape threats following her campaign to ensure a woman featured on British bank notes.

Nimmo also targeted Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, with the message "The things I cud do to u (smiley face)", calling her "Dumb blond bitch."

National

Jail 'almost inevitable' for feminist's Twitter trolls

Two Twitter trolls due to be sentenced today after admitting to sending death and rape threats to campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez have been warned by the judge that jail is "almost inevitable".

Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo pleaded guilty to sending menacing tweets on January 7, admitting they were among the users of 86 separate Twitter accounts from which Ms Criado-Perez had received abusive messages.

Twitter abuse victim Caroline Criado-Perez
Twitter abuse victim Caroline Criado-Perez Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Sorley was warned by District Judge Howard Riddle that it is "almost inevitable" that she would receive a jail sentence following her attack on Ms Criado-Perez, who campaigned for a female figure to appear on a Bank of England note.

The judge also told Nimmo, described to the court as a "social recluse" who "rarely leaves his house", that "all options" as to his sentence remained open.

Advertisement