LONDON – Under the UK government’s new plans to be introduced this year, criminals convicted with text message abuse or cyber bullying can face up to two years imprisonment. The amendment to the criminal justice bill supported by the British Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling aims to combat trolls that verbally abuse or sexually harass individuals on the internet or via mobile phones in England and Wales. The amendment proposed by the Conservative MP for Ealing Central and Acton Angie Bray seeks for greater penalties of up to two years in prison and is expected to be approved at Westminister this year. Back in January this year, 23-year-old Isabella Sorley and 25-year-old John Nimmo, who sent abusive messages on Twitter to feminist campaigner, Caroline Criado-Perez were sentenced to 12 and 8 weeks in prison, respectively. Previously, British Minister in charge of Culture, Media and Sport, Helen Goodman made a legal framework call in order to tackle cyber bullying as several teenagers commited suicide following online abuse. Back in 2012, 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson was hit by a train. Following her death, it was revealed that she developed an alternative fantasy life online, and in addition last year, a 14-year-old Hannah Smith hung herself following months of bullying by anonymous ‘trolls’ on the internet.
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