Woman Jailed for Three Years for Pretending to be Murdered Child's Ghost

By Gary Cutlack on at

20-year-old Chloe Cowan has been handed a three year jail term and been banned from using any internet-enabled device that lets users browse anonymously for 10 years, after being found guilty of a particularly heinous series of hate attacks on Twitter.

Cowan, for some odd reason, decided to start battering the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger on the social site, at one point going so far as to claim to be the ghost of the unfortunate child. She also posed as one of the child's killers and created a pretend child murderer persona all of her own during the bizarre internet hate stint, with the student later pleading guilty to stalking offences under Section 4 of the 1997 Protection Of Harassment Act.

The judge said she was guilty of "truly breathtaking" cruelty during a campaign that was "designed to cause maximum distress and anguish" to the mother of the boy. Rather unsurprisingly, she's also been handed a restraining order stopping her from contacting the Bulgers in the future. [BBC]

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