Prosecutors target first 'Facebook harassment' conviction
Poke, poke, poke, poke, poke, poke...
A Birmingham man is set to be the first in the UK to stand trial for harassment using Facebook.
Michael Hurst, 33, of Edgbaston, has pleaded not guilty to harassing ex-girlfriend Sophie Sladden. Appearing before magistrates, he was granted conditional bail to stand trial later in March, The Birmingham Mail reports.
He is accused of a breach of the Harassment Act 1997 when he used Facebook to contact Sladden on 21 January.
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We have prosecuted harassment cases before where people have sent letters, made phone calls, and even text messages in recent years, but to my knowledge this is the first case where a website like Facebook has been involved."
Hurst and Sladden's Facebook accounts have been deleted from the site. ®
Yet another case of the so-called "experts" failing to grasp even the simplest elements of justice
@anon coward "nurr"
That's exactly my point - this case does *not* set a precedent because there have been previous breaches of restraining orders etc committed by email, website, dating site etc. The *only* distinguishing feature of this case is that Facebook was used. So I repeat my question: will we see the same story with Google replaced for Facebook, then Yahoo, then MSN ad nauseam?
Smiley face because I'm pleased to see that you agree with "mouth breathers"
"I can also easily image Top Gear (in the present or near future) reporting the first time a hybrid is used as a getaway vehicle."
Oooh. It's almost worth robbing a bank in one, just to get that accolade.
(Black Helicopter, because surely *that's* the best getaway vehicle..)