View Full Version : Man jailed for 'Web-rage' attack

11-17-2006, 01:45 PM
A British man said to have carried out the country's first "Web rage" attack was jailed for 2-1/2 years on Friday for assaulting a man with whom he had exchanged insults over the Internet.

Paul Gibbons, 47, from south London, admitted he had attacked John Jones in December 2005 after months of exchanging abuse with him via an Internet chat room dedicated to discussing Islam.

London's central criminal court heard that Gibbons had "taken exception" to Jones, 43, after Jones alleged that Gibbons had been "interfering with children."

After several more verbal and written exchanges, during which Jones threatened to track down Gibbons and give him a severe beating, Gibbons and a friend went to his victim's house in Essex, east of London, armed with a pickaxe and a machete.

Jones himself was armed with a knife but Gibbons seized it from him, held it to his throat and "scratched" him across the neck, the court was told.
Gibbons, who the court heard had previous convictions for "violent offenses," pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding on the first day of his trial last month.

Other charges of attempted murder and issuing online threats to kill four other chatroom users were not pursued but could be reactivated in future if he reoffends.

Media reports said it was Britain's first "web-rage" attack and Judge Richard Hawkins said the circumstances were "unusual."


11-17-2006, 02:27 PM
Wow. Note to self keep name private.

11-17-2006, 02:40 PM
where are you again stitches.....hee heee hee

11-17-2006, 02:59 PM
where are you again stitches.....hee heee hee

It says Akron, OH. My addy is 2888 M.......wait a minute, I'm onto you!! :mad:

retired opfinistic
11-17-2006, 03:14 PM
this should be stickied on the MB.

11-17-2006, 03:14 PM

11-17-2006, 03:22 PM
people suck

11-17-2006, 06:32 PM
what a nerd

11-17-2006, 06:46 PM
And here I was hpoing to post a thread called " I'm gonna ****ing kill Timmah"

11-17-2006, 08:18 PM
I don't think Britain has "freedom of speech" laws like we do in this country. :rolleyes2