A man who sent abusive messages on Twitter to a UK politician has been jailed for 18 weeks.
The City of London Magistrates’ Court heard how Peter Nunn, 33, from Bristol, England, began a “campaign of hated” last summer against Labour MP Dr Stella Creasy after she backed Caroline Criado-Perez’ petition for the inclusion of Jane Austen on the British £10 note.
Nunn retweeted “menacing” posts on Twitter that threatened to rape Dr Creasy and branded her a “witch”. In one tweet he wrote, “If you can’t threaten to rape a celebrity, what is the point in having them?”
The prosecutor argued that Nunn’s actions had had a “substantial” effect on Dr Creasy, who was under “increasing concern that individuals were seeking not only to cause her distress but also to cause her real harm which led her to fear for her own safety”.
Nunn admitted to using a number of Twitter accounts to retweet and post messages about Dr Creasy and Ms Criado-Perez. Following the trial, District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe found Nunn guilty of sending indecent, obscene or menacing messages and sentenced him to 18 weeks in jail. She also imposed a restraining order banning Nunn from having any contact with both women.