U.K. Twitter Troll Jailed After Harassing Jane Austen Campaigner
A man receives an 18-week sentence after a "campaign of hatred" against a politician
A U.K. man has been jailed for 18 weeks after bombarding a member of Parliament with abusive messages after she supported a campaign to put author Jane Austen on a British banknote.
Peter Nunn began what the prosecution described as a "campaign of hatred" last summer, retweeting menacing posts threatening to rape Labor MP Stella Creasy and branding her a "witch."
Creasy had backed a bid launched by feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to feature novelist Austen — the author of such classics as Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility — on the £10 note.
The judge also imposed a restraining order on Nunn, banning him from any contact with both Creasy and Criado-Perez.
The £10 notes featuring Austen are set to appear in 2017, replacing the current portrait of British naturalist Charles Darwin.