Man Harassing Politician on Twitter Gets Locked Up

A so-called "Twitter troll" in England is in jail for 18 weeks after sending abusive messages to a politician on the popular social network.

All Twitter says Peter Nunn from Bristol, England is in jail for a "campaign of hatred" against Labour MP Dr. Stella Creasy after she signed on to a petition to include Jane Austen on the British 10-pound 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.