In June 2017 Daniel Kilvington (23) of Spring Bank, Hull was charged and found guilty of eight counts of sending malicious communications using social media between January and March 2016.
The legal term for this offence is to ‘send by public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing/ message/matter’
He has now been sentenced at Hull Magistrates Court on Monday 4 December to 18 weeks in custody and received an indefinite Criminal Behaviour Order preventing him from harassing people on social media in what the judge described it as a very disturbing case.
PC Nicola Adamson said: “We treat trolling as a serious offence which brings serious consequences. Kilvington sent malicious messages to four strangers on social media with the sole intention of causing them upset and anger. The victims had suffered personal tragedy and he chose to target them for no discernible reason.
“His actions made his victims lives misery and made already difficult situation worse. I hope he is truly disgusted with himself. This case and sentence should serve as a warning to other people that if they commit such offences they face not only arrest but imprisonment.
“I would like to thank officers in Northumbria Police and Gwent Police for their assistance in bringing a successful prosecution”