Feeds

Cyberstalker to spend six months in jail

Months on the lam end with maximum possible sentence

New hybrid storage solutions

Convicted cyberstalker Felicity Jane Lowde has been sentenced to six months in chokey for her "vicious, vitriolic and vindictive" campaign of harassment against Rachel North, a survivor of the July 2005 London bombings. Her sentence was handed down at Thames Magistrate Court yesterday, along with an anti social behaviour order (ASBO) and is the maximum jail term the judge could impose.

North runs a blog where she campaigns for an independent inquiry into the attack, and it was here that Lowde first made contact. Her initially friendly messages quickly changed tone, becoming aggressive, threatening and obscene.

Over the course of a year, Lowde variously accused North of exploiting her survivor status to make money and of "deserting the dying" after the bombings. She also left threatening and obscene messages on North's blog and answering machine, and began her own blog where she made defamatory and false allegations against North and her family.

Lowde, 41, from Jackson Road in Cutteslowe, Oxford, was convicted in absentia in April this year. The judge at her trial issued a warrant for her arrest and issued an injunction against Lowde continuing her defamatory postings.

Despite this, Lowde went into hiding and continued to post false statements, attacking North in her blog. She was eventually arrested in the Brick Lane area of London, after a tip-off to police.

According to The Times, District Judge Malcolm Read told Lowde: “The offences, I would say, are at the very top end to be taken in a prosecution of harassment and therefore have to be dealt with at the top end of my powers."

He said she had persisted in her harassment of North for "a considerable period of time", causing her great distress. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap
You should be OK if you're not using ANCIENT password
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it
Now we've had all THAT TRAFFIC, we 'deplore' this theft
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies
User now 'waiting for the bad guys come and get me with their water-boards'
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.