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Internet user admits 'web-rage'
By Peter Paton   
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Last edited: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Internet user admits 'web-rage'

Internet user admits 'web-rage'


The pair met in an online chatroom
An internet user has been found guilty of what police said was Britain's first "web-rage" attack.

Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.

He travelled 70 miles to Mr Jones' home in Clacton, Essex, and beat him up with a pickaxe handle in December 2005.

Gibbons, of Southwark, south London, admitted unlawful wounding and will be sentenced on 7 November.

Threatening exchanges

The pair met in an internet chatroom called Yahoo, Islam 10 as both had an interest in the Muslim faith, the Old Bailey was told.

Their exchanges soured after Gibbons accused Mr Jones of spreading rumours about him.

This is the first instance of a web-rage attack

Det Cons Christopher Creagh

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

Gibbons, a man with a violent past, traced Mr Jones to his home using personal details about himself that he had put online.

Cut with a knife

Gibbons arrived at Mr Jones' home armed and accompanied by another man carrying a machete, the court heard.

Mr Jones, whose partner and three children were in the house, opened the door holding a knife for protection, said Mr Adebayo.

A fight broke out during which Mr Jones was disarmed and beaten with the pickaxe handle and cut with the knife.

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

Identity safety

Det Cons Christopher Creagh, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "This is the first instance of a web-rage attack."

Det Sgt Jean-Marc Bazzoni, of Essex Police, added the case demonstrates 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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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 11/5/2006
Another reason to stay away from chatrooms: Never know who is beyond the facade! Peter, you find the most unusual news reports, and I thank you for sharing. :o)

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 10/18/2006
Good article, Peter.
And timely too.

Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/18/2006

You have a valid point there.
That does seem to be a common denominator..

Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 10/18/2006
In light of all that is going on in the world it makes one wonder if their "interest in the Muslim faith" had anything to do with their rage.
Best regards,
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 10/18/2006
I echo Nordette's thoughts here...This story does give us pause to think and realize that what goes on inside the box does not always stay there...

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 10/17/2006
Scary stuff, Peter. But we must remember that people who are unstable are unstable whether on or off the Internet. These are the same types of people who run folks off the road because they're offended by how the other person drives. Still, people should pay attention because many folks think the Net offers total anonymity. It doesn't unless you go out of your way to hide your identity. Ironically, it's the person who means harm, the predator, who would be more likely to hide his or her identity than the person who's simply sharing his or her ideas. Thanks for letting us know about this story from Great Britain. We've probably had similar cases here in the states but no one's put two and two together yet. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 10/17/2006
Oh My!!!This is so sad. People with rage can attack anyone at any time and place. Seems like to travel so far to express thisr age would have given it a change to cool off. lf
Reviewed by Aberjhani 10/17/2006
Quite a web-rageous story! We're definitely in trouble when people can't leave a "chat-room" debate at the keyboard and go on about their off-line lives in peace.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 10/17/2006
Huh-I Love It,i.e. Modern Day 3rd Grade Mentality Exists Beyond Belief...

Another Neat Write On Peter...

Your Friend,TRASK
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/17/2006
my stars

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