Briton rages at cyber-stalking sentence

A Briton convicted of carrying out a cyber-terror campaign against a Canadian woman wept and screamed as he was jailed for two years.

A Briton convicted of carrying out a cyber-terror campaign against a Canadian woman wept and screamed as he was jailed for two years.

Christopher Kell, 37, from Walney Island, Cumbria, threatened to kill himself and screamed: “Redneck” when sentenced by Judge Brian Corrin in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Kell was hoping he would be sentenced to time already served, allowing him to return to England. Instead, he will be deported once he serves his sentence.

He pleaded guilty last week to stalking the woman, a Winnipeg poet, by sending thousands of harassing letters, faxes and e-mails.

Evidence during the trial told how Kell also sent nude photos of the woman, a former lover, to her family, local banks, law firms and businesses, and even two churches in the Mennonite community.

Kell and the woman met four years ago in an internet literature chat room, then met in person for a romantic fling in Paris. The woman became pregnant with his child but left France and later had a miscarriage.

“I couldn’t live in a world without her,” Kell told the court on Wednesday.

“I would not wish him upon my worst enemy,” the woman said in a statement. “He dirties everything he touches. There is nothing redeemable about him.”

In sentencing Kell, the judge said the woman “has endured for several years a steady stream of ... libellous bile”, calling the harassment “an all-consuming predatory preoccupation and obsession”.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox