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