Tag Archives: Relationship E-Vengers

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.

Angela Martindale

Martindale, Angela. Angela Martindale, who was 39 at the time, was found not guilty of harassment at Prestatyn Magistrates Court follow taking retaliatory action against former cagefigher Adam Finnigan.

Martindale, who was a mother of six, showed all the signs of someone driven to be an E-Venger. Her actions included threats against the welfare of Finnigan’s children, yet unlike Flintshire troller Gavin Brent, who did the same to a police officer, Martin was not sentenced.

Finnigan told the court that he and his partner, Suzanne Rogovskis, had been bombarded with abusive text messages and voicemails between August and October 2010, following Martindale and Finnigan ending their relationship. Rogovskis told the court she recognised Martindale in one call shouting, “I’m going to rip your head off”.

Martindale said she had moved to Coronation Close in Bodelwyddan in Rhyl because her children were so scared of Mr Finnigan.

Clearing her of harassment, Magistrate Peter Oakley said there was no clear evidence that she had made the calls, and said the police had not investigated the matter fully. No complaint was reported being made by Finnigan to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the collapse of the trial. The Bench also declined to make a restraining order against Martindale.

Richard Cope

Richard Cope, who was 23 at the time of his flame trolling offence, pleaded guilty to sending offensive texts to his former partner under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.

Cope, of Layton Road in Layton, was sentenced to 140 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay his former partner £50 compensation and £60 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

The court was told that  couple had an on-off relationship for a year, which Cope’s former girlfriend ended without warning before the start of March, which Cope found difficult to deal with.

Research has shown that it is more likely to be women that defriend others, whether friends who are men or women, and men are least likely to be able to cope with going from being in an intimate relationship to then being ‘cut’ dead. This suggests that Cope’s actions were that of an E-Venger, who wanted closure from his relationship through trying to make his former partner feel how she made him feel.

Cope, the court was told, made race hate remarks to his former partner, called her “dirty and hairy” and saying “I hope you die with all your family“.

The court was told that Cope’s girlfriend went to India and while she deliberately provoked Cope by texting him to say she was staying there. She then returned to England demanding Cope hand her paperwork that he had already shredded when he had come to terms with the situation.

Lee Anthony Llewellyn

Lee Anthony Llewellyn, who was 39 at the time of his kudos trolling offence, was jailed for 27 months at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court following breaching a restraining order preventing him from contacting his former partner.

Llewellyn telephone his former partner only shortly after she secured a restraining order against him in December 2004. Llewellyn had been in a relationship with the woman between 1998 and 2003, when it ended. Llewellyn had difficulty dealing with this, and the contact he made with his former partner, on more than one occasion, was considered to be harassment.

Llewellyn sent his former partner text messages, making phone calls and turning up unexpectedly at her home. This clearly shows Llewellyn to be a Chatroom bob, as he was infatuated with his former lover, and would do all it took to try to win her over. His interest was more in his relationship with her than her happiness. The long-term nature of his campaign can be considered ‘cyberhickery.’

On 27 February 2005, the former couple talked and Llewellyn was told by his ex lover that the relationship was over. It would seem this then changed Llewellyn from the one extreme of being a Chatroom bob into being an E-Venger. He stormed into his former partner’s home and marched her down the street until a marked police car stopped and he ran off. While still being an E-Venger, he turned up at his former lover’s gome and swang a cycle helmet at her and punched her in the nose.