Man jailed for targeting grieving families with online abuse

|News, Cyber / online crime

A man who admitted targeting Facebook memorial pages with sickening messages has been jailed for 14 months today (15 Oct) at Newcastle Crown Court.

Paul Andrew Hind, 38, from Wark in Northumberland, had pleaded guilty at first hearing to four counts of sending a communication conveying false information.

The charges related to posts made on four separate Facebook pages, which had been set up in relation to young men and women who had died in tragic circumstances.

Sharon Elves from the CPS said: “While others were offering words of comfort and condolence, Paul Hind instead posted cruel messages and images, which were seen by parents still grieving for their children. While it is difficult for anybody to understand Hind’s  motivation, the undue distress caused by his actions has been made painfully clear.

“The CPS worked closely with police, drawing on digital forensics to build a robust case that left him little option but to plead guilty to all charges. I sincerely hope that the outcome of this case provides a measure of comfort to those involved at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.”

Notes to editors

  • Paul Andrew Hind (DOB 23/05/80) pleaded guilty to four charges of sending a message conveying false information at Bedlington Magistrates’ Court on 30 August.
  • He was sentenced to 14 months in prison for each count, all to be served concurrently.
  • Sharon Elves is the Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Court Unit at CPS North East

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