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Old 11-18-2006, 07:36 PM   #1
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holy crap - we better start being nicer to one another!!!!!

'Web rage' pickaxe attacker jailed

By David Sapsted
Last Updated: 1:28am GMT 18/11/2006

The first person to be charged with a "web rage" attack was jailed for two and a half years today.


Paul Gibbons: he first met John Jones in an Islamic chatroom

Tempers flared after Paul Gibbons, 47, and John Jones, 43, exchanged insults in an Internet chatroom, an Old Bailey judge was told.

After tracing Mr Jones to his home address in Clacton, Gibbons armed himself with a pickaxe handle and, accompanied by a man with a machete, travelled 70 miles to the Essex seaside town in December 2005.

When they arrived, Mr Jones, whose girlfriend and three children were in the house, opened the door holding a knife for protection.

A fight broke out in which Mr Jones was disarmed and then beaten with the pickaxe handle and cut with his own knife.

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Gibbons fled after Mr Jones's girlfriend called for help. Mr Jones suffered cuts to his head, neck and hands.

An earlier hearing was told that Gibbons, from Southwark, south London, and Mr Jones had encountered each other in a chatroom called Islam 10 because they both had an interest in the Muslim faith.

Things started to go wrong when Gibbons accused Mr Jones of spreading rumours about him.

"There was an exchange of views between the victim and the defendant which were threatening on both sides," Ibitayo Adebayo, prosecuting, said.

Jailing Gibbons, who has a record of violence, Judge Richard Hawkins told him: "It is accepted by the prosecution that Mr Jones taunted you and dared you to go to his house where you would be greeted with weapons."

Gibbons, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty last month to unlawful wounding after the prosecution agreed not to proceed with charges of attempted murder and threats to kill.

After the attack, it was found that Gibbons had boasted about what he was going to do on the Internet.

Jonathan Green, defending, said that Mr Jones had given the impression of being the innocent victim but his web blog "painted a different picture".

He said that Mr Jones had been the first to initiate physical confrontation.

Mr Green added that there was a misconception that anything said in chatrooms was anonymous, leading to people writing things that they otherwise would not dream of saying.

Det Sgt Jean-Marc Bazzoni, of Essex Police, said that the case demonstrated the importance of protecting one's identity on the Internet.

"Mr Jones had posted pictures of his family on the web and had chatted to Gibbons on an audio link," he said.

"It demonstrates how easily other users can put two and two together and also shows how children could also find themselves in danger."
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Old 11-19-2006, 12:28 PM   #2
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but how could you possibly be even nicer rmr?
your niceness knows no bounds. you are nicety
personified. you are the nice-queen etc etc.....



ps rmr's address is: 231 West St, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Name on the bell: Hardtfahrrt
I'm going round there later with a bottle of champers
and some fish and chips.

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Old 11-19-2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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omg fish and chips
What I wouldn't do to get some fish and chips right now.

I often think about scotch eggs in the same way
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Old 11-19-2006, 12:46 PM   #4
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^^^^^
zero! did you read that?

what's your address jasmina?
do you want vinegar?
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:00 AM   #5
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Mmmm, scotch eggs.

Mmmm, fish & chips.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:28 AM   #6
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You and your "Scotch Eggs"
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:51 AM   #7
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Hoboken? really? fish and chips with a side of malt vinegar? ya!!

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Old 11-20-2006, 06:41 AM   #8
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Quote:
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^^^^^
zero! did you read that?

what's your address jasmina?
do you want vinegar?
Yes please salt and vinegar and a buttered teacake and also a nice cup of tea.
I await your arrival with bated breath!
Thank you!

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Old 11-20-2006, 06:49 AM   #9
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You and your "Scotch Eggs"
You and your "poutine"!
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:24 AM   #10
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sorry, the chip shop has been closed down.
it's being turned into a sushi bar.


anyway, i've never met anyone from the internut.
have you?
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:41 PM   #11
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I did once and it was a COMPLETE DISASTER!!

I still shudder at the horrible memory
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:53 PM   #12
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I have, it's always a crapshoot, but I've had more good experiences than bad.
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:57 PM   #13
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Nope, haven't met anyone as yet.
I'm sure it would be a lovely experience if I did though
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:03 PM   #14
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I have and they have been wonderful. I speak to even more than I have met, via the phone, on a regular basis and that's fun. It's nice to have a voice to put with a name if a meeting isn't feasible.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:43 PM   #15
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Oh REALLY!!

My phone doesnt appear to be ringing very loudly. Just thought you'd like to know that.
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