A “cowardly predator” who cyber-stalked a campaigner towards on-line abuse has been jailed.
Nicky Wright, 39, of Lewisham, south London, was convicted of stalking Nicola Brookes from Brighton.
Regardless of by no means assembly Ms Brookes, Wright trolled her, wrote defamatory blogs and created disturbing pictures of her, Brighton Magistrates’ Courtroom heard.
Wright handed himself in after he was convicted in his absence and was sentenced on Wednesday.
Magistrates jailed him for six months and issued a restraining order to guard Ms Brookes.
District Choose Amanda Kelly described his stalking as “about as critical as it could actually get”.
She described him as a “cowardly predator” who hid behind the anonymity of the web to wage a “sinister and deeply private marketing campaign”.
And he or she mentioned: “I discover you intentionally selected to not come to court docket since you lacked the braveness to face your sufferer within the flesh.”
Ms Brookes’s sufferer impression assertion revealed how Wright used 28 Twitter and 25 Fb accounts in addition to blogs, on-line radio and video channels to focus on her from June 2016 to September final yr.
She mentioned he doctored feedback she made, made sexually suggestive feedback and posted hate mail.
Ms Brooks mentioned the ordeal shattered her religion in human nature, brought about her Crohn’s illness to flare up and left her feeling like a “sitting duck”.
Through the listening to, Wright, who had used the social media alias “Prickly Finger”, complained the press have been in court docket and he didn’t need “sure info going in all places on-line”, earlier than pleading responsible to failing to attend the trial.
He mentioned he missed the trial as a result of he overslept, sat together with his fingers in his ears in the course of the sentencing and caught two fingers up as he was led to the cells.
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After the listening to, Ms Brookes known as for more durable punishments for stalkers and mentioned she didn’t imagine his sentence would cease him focusing on her or another person when he leaves jail.
She known as on social media websites to do extra to cease trolls and likewise criticised how police dealt with the case.
“It mustn’t have taken three years and 12 totally different officers for the case to return to court docket,” she mentioned.
“The onus is on the sufferer to show the crime and collect proof. I used to be sending officers round 150 screenshots a day of his persistent behaviour.”
She added: “I repeatedly reported his feedback to Fb and Twitter however they mentioned it didn’t breach their requirements.”
In 2012, Ms Brookes introduced a landmark civil motion towards Fb to have the identities of earlier on-line abusers revealed to her.