So many questions - So much speculation
Does he suffer with a bit of depression or is he a full on nut job?
Is his mother at her wits end with him, does she even know or is she an enabler?
Can a man that sends threats online to an innocent victim also be subjected to online abuse?
Is this considered trolling or something more serious?
Two wrongs don't make a right and he has been sentenced, albeit using the suspended approach.
My view of it is that Irish anti-harassment laws and anti-stalking laws are very weak. I know a few people who've received horrific abuse from harassers both off-line and online and I think the tools available to the Gardai and judiciary are pretty weak and it results in people's lives being made a misery.
I don't think it's just 'the internet' but rather it's a general lackadaisical approach to dealing with harassment in Ireland and I think we need to be able to distinguish between online banter and argument and actual campaigns of bullying, intimidation and harassment
Also, while a suspended sentence may seem 'weak' it can have a profound impact if it modifies someone's behaviour. Typically a sentence is suspended with the proviso that someone refrains from doing whatever it was they were doing to cause the sentence in the first place. If you step out of line the sentence can become active. It saves the state a lot of resources to keep someone out of prison, yet under supervision and I think it can be used quite appropriately at times.
[quote=Skedaddle;105806620Also, while a suspended sentence may seem 'weak' it can have a profound impact if it modifies someone's behaviour. Typically a sentence is suspended with the proviso that someone refrains from doing whatever it was they were doing to cause the sentence in the first place. If you step out of line the sentence can become active. It saves the state a lot of resources to keep someone out of prison, yet under supervision and I think it can be used quite appropriately at times.
Seeing as he said he doesn't think the crime was serious I doubt this applies to this case.
True, but if he continues down that path, the court could simply unsuspend the sentence.
T&Cs apply to suspended sentences.
Not necessarily so, I've mental health issues and it makes me placid and kind
Still +1 to numbered paragraphs
I commend your taste in paragraph formatting / brilliant sarcasm
(either is fine)
I could not be more against this.
I don't agree that anyone has a right to open an account on whatever social media service that exists, where the user reveals exactly who they are for whatever reason they do so, and expect the law to counteract any comments they receive when they themselves have left themselves open to the possibility of it happening.
I always think that stuff that happens on the internet is a reflection of real life. If one left their front door open when at work, or left their keys in their car with the window down one could hardly expect the law which we all pay for to spend time and effort going around finding and prosecuting the opportunist low-life when ppl have been so irresponsible. I think that leaving oneself open for abuse on the internet is equally irresponsible, a reflection of real life.
On top of that it gives the government in any state seemingly valid reasons to further laws which give them the right to infiltrate citizens private data. No doubt while ppl get outraged about the nutjob in this case we will give up our privacy further and further until such a point that we've given it all up for such relatively trivial reasons and 1984 is a reality.
so you are ok with public death threats?
Looks like a neo nazi out of shape
Yes, when they are done on social media or similar. Not just death threats but any and all comments whatsoever.
I don't know who this so called victim is but I don't think she's being completely genuine. She can not be unaware of the internet phenomenon, a troll. But lets say she's genuine, in any case her reaction to it is completely subjective. Another person could just ignore it and realise that the troll was just that, which in this case he was, wasn't he.
What she wants is that she can have for her own advantage a place on the internet where she can receive comments that aid her concerns and nothing negative could come out of it. To me that's as ridiculous as putting up a sign on your front door stating that your looking for a partner, just come on it, and expecting only ppl one likes to enter.
The cynical side of me says she completely overblew the case in terms of the effects the comments had on her, because she wants the right to receive comments that are in some way advantageous to her and I don't think she has that right. Who the hell gives legitimate death threats on social media anyway if they were serious when they would be identifying themselves in the process?
you did actually read what he posted? where he said he was walking beside her in the street? that takes it beyond just comments on the internet and thankfully the gardai take it a lot more seriously than you do.
No but I do understand that we're talking about sinister menacing comments of any kind - I get that. I'm not excluding those kinds of comments in my opinions.
In fact I think the more wacky the comments are the more likely there is no intent behind them.
Do you realise that what we're talking about here is the having the law monitor social media interactions in the same way the Guards patrol the roads? Do you realise how much time and effort all of this is going to take and who is going to pay for it? I am and you are just to give anyone the right to set up their social media profile? You must be kidding, there is no way I could agree with that.
nobody is asking the gardai to monitor social media. where are you getting that ****e from?
I made the exaggerated point to show where all of this is leading.
In the UK it is now being discussed that anyone subscribing to adult dating sites must first provide evidence of who they are by means of identification. Ostensibly to prove one is over 18 but actually it reveals ones identity.
You see where I'm coming from with this? I see that cases like this one will be used as a excuse to eliminate anonymity on the internet which amounts to legitimate surveillance and I'm totally against it.