May 1, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Kidderminster Shuttle "Son of murder accused harassed by internet stranger"

  • (Read the heart of the problem in this current story posted today and related stories with public commentary here and here.)
Today's story out of the UK is one that 'SandBox Nanny' was unaware of until the 'Google Alert' popped up in her inbox this morning. 

I am not sure whether to feel outrage, just anger or hopeless sadness on behalf of Marcus Bebb-Jones' family, including his son with Sabrina Bebb-Jones,  Daniel.

Judge Petre's gag, if there is not one, should be placed immediately on everything to do with Bebb-Jones.   If only for the sake of the family but more rightly for the sake of a fair trial on both sides of the table.

That action would be like a sparrow trying to travel a hurricane, thanks to the viral linking, baiting and press releasing done for (obviously) years now to both sides of the justice table. 

But, it would at least be an effort on the part of the 9th Judicial District to gain control for both sides of Sabrina Bebb-Jones' family.  

With that said, if the only thing that can be done for the sake of everyone, but especially Daniel Bebb-Jones as he watches himself  and his father he loves once again  viral blasted all over the internet, is to block comment ability on this one post, then that is now so.

  • Note disclaimer here: "Now that DA Beeson has thrown his hat in the ring for district attorney in the 9th, please take note that there will be no special treatment given to any news press surrounding his race. His articles, if they are SandBox worthy or chosen in the daily agg run-up; will be put up just like anyone else in a political race. What SandBox Commentators will continue to do, is heavily moderate his articles. (We are the only news media that provides the courtesy of moderating commentary from the general public on 9th Judicial District and Mr. Beeson's articles. )"
Jennifer Meierhans:
"THE teenage son of a Kidderminster man awaiting trial for murder in America suffered years of internet torture at the hands of an obsessive stranger, who called himself the Crime Doctor.

Daniel Bebb-Jones, 18, watched at Kidderminster Magistrates Court today, as Peter Gordon, 28, of East Lothian, admitted harassment through anonymous emails.

Daniel’s father, Marcus Bebb-Jones, 49, is currently in Colorado, charged with the murder of his wife - Daniel’s mother, Sabrina Bebb-Jones.

Daniel was brought up in Kidderminster by his grandmother, from the age of three and was told his mother had died in a car crash.

Between 2008 and 2011, Daniel received 27 emails with titles including “Your dad is a scumbag”, “Murder accused could face death penalty” and “Marcus beaten to a pulp in jail”. They were sent under names such as George Orwell and the Crime Doctor.

Daniel, who was just 14 when the offences began, also received emails from his father’s address, seemingly admitting to and apologising for his mother’s murder. Gordon admitted hacking into Marcus Bebb-Jones’ email account and writing the messages. Magistrates saw a sample of the emails, some of which used sexually graphic and offensive language.

“I was shocked and upset - I didn’t believe it,” said Daniel in a statement read by Claire Linehan prosecuting. He said he felt he could not get away from the harassment and withdrew from social networking and internet activity.

“He is the scumbag - not my dad,” he added, “He is the one causing all the misery and upset and I hate him for it.”

A statement from Daniel’s grandmother, Pamela Weaver, detailed the emotional and physical stress the harassment had caused her: “How dare he be the judge, jury and executioner,” she said.

Defending, Mike Rainford said Gordon befriended Marcus Bebb-Jones on the internet. “It is quite clear that Mr Gordon looked upon him as some sort of mentor, some sort of father figure and opened up to him over a period of time,” he said, as his client burst into tears.

“It later came to Peter’s attention that there was an investigation under way by US authorities in relation to Marcus Bebb-Jones...according to his mother [Gordon] is obsessed with ‘the truth’ and took it upon himself, quite wrongly, to send emails to Daniel.....”  
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