From behind the Herald Sun’s paywall (*) comes a warning to all the scumbags out there who think nothing of anonymously attacking others on the Internet:
A MAN accused of stalking AFL star Alex Rance has been charged with 71 criminal offences.
Scott Thomas will appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court next month. The 33-year-old from Prahran appeared briefly before the court this month but did not enter a plea. Six of the charges relate to the alleged stalking of the Richmond footballer.
Mr Thomas is accused of five different kinds of stalking offences as well as using a carriage service to harass Mr Rance – which can relate to nuisance calls, text messages or emails.
The stalking charges relate to allegedly contacting the player, two counts of publishing material on the internet, one charge of tracing a person’s internet and a charge of arousing fear and apprehension.
I can think of several people who could (and probably should) be charged with similar stalking offences, starting with a certain Melbourne journalist with whom Iain and I have had the bitter experience of being on the receiving end of her obsessive Internet stalking and harassment.
She’s done all of that over which Mr Thomas has been charged – and then some – including sending threatening emails and bagging our names, my business and our reputations all over the place, all from the cowardly position of an alias of course.
It’s finished now, since I managed to convince the owner of a certain hate-blog where this journalist did most of her dirty work to remove the blog from the Internet, or else … .
To this day though, that (senior!) Melbourne journo has no idea or appreciation of how lucky she is that we did not report her stalking and harassment – and proof of her identity – to the police, or even to her employer. I actually think I should have called the cops … and I certainly will if it ever starts up again.
(* The link takes you to a Google search of the H-Sun article – click on the Google link and you’re in, for free)