A teenagaer who posted a death threat on Facebook has become the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.Keeley Houghton, 18, said she would kill Emily Moore, who she had bullied for four years at school.
On her personal page, Houghton wrote of her victim: “Keeley is going to murder the bitch. She is an actress. What a ——- liberty. Emily —-head Moore.”
Two days before making the threat, Houghton had intimidated Ms Moore, also 18, after seeing her in a pub.
Prosecutor Sara Stock told Worcester Magistrates Court: “When Emily was sitting on her own the defendant … sat next to her and asked, ‘Are you Emily Moore? Can I have a huggle?'”
“Emily told the defendant to leave her alone otherwise she would call police. Keeley then told her, ‘I’ll give you something to ring the police about’.”
At the weekend, jobless Houghton sobbed as she was sentenced to three months in a young offenders’ institution after pleading guilty to harassment. She was also banned from contacting Ms Moore for five years.
People have previously been jailed for harassment and stalking on social networking sites but Houghton is believed to be the first to be jailed for bullying via the internet.
Houghton, of Malvern, Worcestershire, had two previous convictions relating to her vendetta against Emily. — Herald Sun