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Tinker · 17/11/2006 18:55

Man jailed for web rage attack

Web attack: Gibbons acted after chat room taunts

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A man has been jailed at the Old Bailey for Britain's first web rage attack on another internet user.

Paul Gibbons, 47, traced John Jones, 43, after they exchanged insults in a chat room. He was armed with a pickaxe handle and was with a man with a machete.

Mr Jones, who had gone to the door of his home in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, with a knife, was disarmed and had his neck cut by Gibbons.

Gibbons, unemployed, of Southwark, south London, was jailed for two-and-a half years for unlawful wounding.

He pleaded guilty last month when the prosecution agreed not to proceed with charges of attempted murder and threats to kill.

After that hearing, police warned internet users not to put personal details from which they could be traced on the web.

Judge Richard Hawkins told Gibbons: "It is accepted by the prosecution that Mr Jones taunted you and dared you to go to his house where you would be greeted with weapons."

Jonathan Green, defending, said Mr Jones had given the impression that he was the innocent victim, but his web blog painted a different picture.

He said Mr Jones had been the first to initiate physical confrontation following web exchanges.

Mr Green said there was a misconception that anything said in chatrooms would be anonymous and led to things being written which people would not otherwise dream of saying or writing.
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tiredemma · 17/11/2006 18:56

you lot, take note of this next time it goes wild on here.

odd · 17/11/2006 18:58

think this is a good time to mention I love you all

Tinker · 17/11/2006 19:04

Wonder what was said though - "Ha ha, you don't know the difference between it's and its"?

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UnquietDad · 17/11/2006 22:25

"Your father was a hamster and your mother smelled of elderberries?"

squatchette · 17/11/2006 23:08

the question is did she put him in a chicken casserole and eat him though?

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