Margate woman jailed for Internet stalking the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger

14/07/2016

A Margate woman who admitted sending disturbing Twitter messages to the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Chloe Cowan had pleaded guilty to stalking involving serious alarm or distress at an earlier hearing in January 2016 at Canterbury Crown Court.

She was also given a restraining order, prohibiting her from making any contact, either directly or indirectly, with James' parents or any of their family indefinitely. In addition, she was banned for 10 years from using any device with Internet capability without it being able to store the history of its use.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East, Jaswant Narwal, said: "The defendant targeted and tormented a mother with messages about the murder of her young son. For months Chloe Cowan sent cruel tweets, which included her posing as one of James Bulger's killers, and as James ghost.

"This case highlights the misery that online trolling can cause which, because of its very wide and public reach, has the potential to cause maximum upset. This is an offence that can profoundly affect victims, as by simply turning on a phone or a computer, you may be subject to further torment."