Tag Archives: Facebook Trolling

Tristan Barker

Barker, Tristan. Tristan Barker is an Australian Mega Troll, known for using Twitter and Facebook to troll celebrities  and victims of murders and other tragic circumstances.

His social media accounts have around 300,000 followers, who he  utilises as part of his trolling Crusade. “I would consider myself an entertainer,” he said to the Sunday Mail newspaper. “I see kids follow me and I think ‘how far can I rope this kid in and make them be a mockery,” he said about those followers.

Michelle Chapman

Chapman, Michelle. Michelle Chapman, from Cornwall, was found by forensics investigators to have sent messages to herself on Facebook in her parents name from a computer at her own address in order to frame them for trolling.

Crown Prosecutor Philip Lee said that Chapman “wanted to make their life hell” and sought “revenge on her father for matters in the past“.

Neil Harkins

Neil Harkins, who was 35 at the time of his trolling conviction, used social media to publish photographs that purportedly depicted Venables and Thompson. He faced a nine-month prison sentence, which was suspended for 15 months, after admitting committing contempt following breaking the strict court order not to identify the convicted killers of James Bulger, which was imposed indefinitely on the entire world in 2001.

Harkins from Bridlington in East Yorkshire, posted four pictures claiming to be of Venables and Thompson in the early 1990s and late 2000s on his Facebook the same day. He said: “Intresting (sic) that this photo isn’t allowed to be shown and there’s an investigation on how it got out. What’s more intresting (sic) is why the he’ll (sic) he got released and protected in the first place.

Sentencing, Sir John Thomas of the Queens Bench of the High Court said the case is a “warning” to other internet users about the seriousness of distributing such images. “We consider there will be little prospect of such a person, if the publication occurs after the date of this judgment, escaping from a substantial custodial sentence without there being any prospect of suspension,” he said. “Vigilanteism has no place in a civilised society, and it is for the purposes of deterring such conduct that we must have particular regard.”

David Peters

David Peters, who was 24 at the time of his offence, was convicted for blackmailing a 14-year-old girl into posting nude pictures of herself online. The rock musician pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court to allowing indecent photos to be taken and distributed of a teenage girl. Peters is a clear cut example of Internet troller known as a ‘chatroom bob,’ who are online abusers who go out of their way to get others to send them sexually explicit images for their own enjoyment. When the girl deleted her account, Peters contacted the teenager’s friends, leading to her reporting him to the police. By this point he had posted the nude photographs of her to the Internet for all to see, a process called ‘porn e-venging.’ According to the Daily Record newspaper, after the girl blocked Peters on Facebook, he sent a series of “spine-chilling” messages to the teenager. One read, “Tell the ******* slag she better find a ******* way to get on msn because I’m about to slaughter her,” and another, “I’m absolutely about to murder *****, she’s got about 10 minutes to unblock me and get the *** on msn or I will actually see her in person after work on Monday”.

More information

Read more details about the abuse by David Peters against this teenager on Crocels News. Crocels News also has news reports on other chatroom bobs.

Leigh James Carradice

Leigh James Carradice, who was 25 at the time of his trolling offence, was convicted at Preston Magistrates from breaking a restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting his former lover who took custody of his three children.

The court heard how Carradice set up a fake Facebook account to contact the single mother on 3 January 2013, even though he was banned from seeing her. Carradice was ordered by the court to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £60. The court did not order Carradice to pay any costs for the action brought against him.

In this case Carradice could be consider to clearly be committing cyberbullying, which has a trolling magnitude of 3 to 3.99. He may have contacted his estranged partner because he still thought fondly of her (i.e. a chatroom bob), or because he wanted to get back at her (i.e. like an e-venger).

Justin Lee Collins

Justin Lee Collins, who was 38 at the time of his offence of harassment, avoided a jail sentence following tormenting his ex-girlfriend, Anna Larke, in a nine-month campaign of abuse, known as cyberhickery. The comedian was ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid community work and pay £3,500 costs.

Anna Larke, said she was “absolutely ecstatic” that she had won her case against Collins, where he was found guilty of harassment causing fear of violence.

Whilst Collins’ case did not involving him misusing a public communications, he made claims during it about Larke, which were not upheld. Collins said that recovering alcoholic Ms Larke was “a fantasist who bombarded (him) with jealous texts.

The testimony of Anna Larke, who works in public relations, was questioned by Justin Lee Collins’s estranged wife. “I think the verdict is ridiculous. I don’t believe it for even one second,” she said.

But some commentators on Internet trolling were disgusted. “If Justin Lee Collins had tweeted or Facebooked that abuse, he’d probably be in prison. Be horrible in person, not online,” they said.

Kairon Long

Kairon Long, who was 30 at the time of his trolling offence was convicted of criminal damage and harassment at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

Long, of Tydfil Terrace, Troedyrhiw, had been in a nine-year relationship with Hannah Heggerty, which ended in Autumn 2011.

Long carried out a campaign of harassment against his former partner, between March 2012 and November 2012, which included using the phone, text messages, and Facebook. This led to Heggerty leaving Merthyr Tydfil.

Long’s messages including telling Heggerty he would “shoot her”, “burn down her home,” and “have her head kicked in.”

Long even went so far as to vandalising Heggerty’s car with his feet on 10 November 2012. But John Ryan, defending, said: “This is not the first man to have lost his head when the end of a relationship comes.”

Scientific research into trolling support Ryan’s that it is more likely to be women that defriend others on social networking platforms, and the lack of closure for their victims, which can be male or female can have traumatic effects on those whom they have jilted.

Judge Richard Twomlow jailed Kairon Long for 9 months, and ordered a restraining order requiring him not to contact Hannah Heggerty, her mother and sister.

Matthew Woods

Matthew Woods, who was aged 19 at the time, was convicted under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for posting “despicable” jokes about the missing youngster April Jones.

Woods, who posted the jokes on his personal Facebook page said he got the idea from a website called Sickipedia. The court heard he posted a number of jokes deemed “grossly offensive.” They included quips about her being found in a transit van, remarks about her ginger hair, and comments about ‘April Fools.’ One simply said, “I love April Jones.”

Chorley Magistrates’ Court heard how members of the public, who weren’t the intended recipients of the messages, were so upset about his postings that they reported them to the police. Woods, who was unemployed was found guilty and jailed for 12-weeks.

Sentencing Woods, the judge, Mr Hudson, said: “The words and references used to the current case in Wales and that of the missing girl in Portugal are nothing less than shocking, so much so that no right thinking person in society should have communicated to them such fear and distress.

The reason for the sentence is the seriousness of the offence, the public outrage that has been caused and we felt there was no other sentence this court could have passed which conveys to you the abhorrence that many in society feel this crime should receive.

Nyanza Roberts

Roberts, Nyanza. Nyanza Roberts, who was 25 at the time, was fined £250 by Hull Magistrates’ Court after being found to have persistently made use of an electronic communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.