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Pair jailed in Britain for abusing feminist on Twitter

Published on Jan 25, 2014 3:10 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A man and a woman were jailed in Britain on Friday for bombarding a feminist campaigner on Twitter with abuse including rape threats and suggestions that she should kill herself.

Isabella Sorley, 23, and John Nimmo, 25, sent expletive-laden messages to journalist Caroline Criado-Perez last year after she led a successful campaign for the face of author Jane Austen to appear on a new version of Britain's £10 banknote.

A judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London sentenced university graduate Sorley to 12 weeks in prison and Nimmo, who is unemployed, to eight weeks.

Judge Howard Riddle ordered the pair to serve half their sentences in custody and pay £800 (S$1,680) each in compensation.

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