[NetBehaviour] Internet user admits 'web-rage'.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Oct 19 11:22:38 CEST 2006

Internet user admits 'web-rage'.

An internet user has been found guilty of what police said was Britain's 
first "web-rage" attack.

Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online 
after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard. 
He travelled 70 miles to Mr Jones' home in Clacton, Essex, and beat him 
up with a pickaxe handle in December 2005. Gibbons, of Southwark, south 
London, admitted unlawful wounding and will be sentenced on 7 November.

The pair met in an internet chatroom called Yahoo, Islam 10 as both had 
an interest in the Muslim faith, the Old Bailey was told. Their 
exchanges soured after Gibbons accused Mr Jones of spreading rumours 
about him.

"There was an exchange of views between the victim and the defendant 
which were threatening on both sides," said prosecutor Ibitayo Adebayo.

Gibbons, a man with a violent past, traced Mr Jones to his home using 
personal details about himself that he had put online.


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