Feeds

Ex-magistrate faces jail over obscene email blizzard

11,000 in 17 days

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

A former magistrate faces five years in jail after bombarding another JP with a torrent of abusive emails.

Peter Cartwright sent 11,000 emails in 17 days, mostly including "virtually childlike strings of obscenities", to Michael Leigh after a business deal turned sour. The messages, sent to Leigh's office computer, were traced by police to Cartwright's Blackpool home. Last week he pleaded guilty at Lancaster Magistrates Court to sending the hate mail.

He will be sentenced on March 24 -- and the stalking conviction under the Protection from Harassment Act could bring the ex-Blackpool magistrate a five-year spell in the slammer.

Cartwright has also admitted to failing to disclose earnings while signing on. The DSS found he had been collecting disability payments for a year while working as a car alarm and radio fitter. Leigh, MD of an auto electrical business in Blackpool, said the experience was "as upsetting as someone following you or phoning you." "I think the law should be reviewed as far as the Internet is concerned," The Daily Mail reported. ®

Related stories

Internet stalker jailed
Ciscom employee fined £1,000 for abusive email
Ciscom 'hate mail' employee back in court

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.