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Man Sentenced To Six Weeks’ Imprisonment For Using Social Media To Harrass Man Because Of Disability

January 27, 2016

A press release from the CPS:

A 25 year old man who used social media to harass a man because of his disability has been sentenced to six weeks imprisonment.

Saul Nyland, from Whitworth in Rochdale, pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment of the 31 year old victim.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that between December 2014 and July 2015 the defendant harassed the victim on social media and by phone. The victim has a severe speech impediment and some physical difficulties caused by an accident in childhood. The CPS prosecuted this case as a disability hate crime and his sentence was extended from four weeks to six weeks.

In a personal statement to the Court, the victim said that the abuse was “destroying his life” and affecting his relationship. He said he had stopped going out.

Lionel Cope from Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said:

“Nyland targeted the victim and harassed him because of his disability. Nyland subjected the victim to a tirade of abuse online including posting a number of photo-shopped images of the victim which were hugely upsetting to both the victim and his partner.

“When the victim blocked Nyland online, he began ringing the victim on a nightly basis, mocking him for his disability and threatening to harm him. He also started to post abusive messages on the Facebook site of the victim’s partner.

“Hate crimes will not be tolerated – they are malicious, create fear and ruin lives. Nobody should be subjected to this abuse, online or offline, and the Crown Prosecution Service does everything in its power to bring these offenders to justice.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2016 5:04 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess.

  2. January 27, 2016 11:59 pm

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry.

  3. January 28, 2016 12:04 am

    Well if the tabloid press can get away with doing it to millions on their front pages everyday, how come they jail a knuckle-dragger for doing it to only one disabled person? How was he s’posed to know it was illegal?

    • winkle31 permalink
      January 29, 2016 7:55 pm

      me and my partner were put through hell because of this person

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