Woman, 34, cleared of cy­ber threats

Email to court de­manded judge should stand down

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Family Announcements -

A jury has cleared a woman of threat­en­ing to launch cy­ber at­tacks on Can­ter­bury Crown Court.

Sarah Preece, 34, ap­peared at the Old Bai­ley last week charged with two of­fences of send­ing an email and a mes­sage which con­veyed threats with the in­tent of caus­ing dis­tress or anx­i­ety to the re­cip­i­ents.

She was deemed men­tally un­fit to plead but what is known as a ‘trial of the facts’ went ahead.

While un­able to pass a sen­tence, the pro­ce­dure aims to strike a bal­ance be­tween the need to pro­tect a de­fen­dant, who may have done noth­ing wrong but is un­fit to plead at trial, and the need to pro­tect the pub­lic from a de­fen­dant who may have com­mit­ted an act with crim­i­nal in­tent.

The de­fence suc­cess­fully ar­gued that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence that Miss Preece, of Ad­dis­combe Road, Croy­don, was re­spon­si­ble for send­ing the mes­sages.

The case was brought by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice af­ter emails were sent to the Can­ter­bury court and KM web­site Ken­ton­line.

The mes­sage to the web­site said: “We have given the judge 21 days to stand down or take early re­tire­ment be­fore we launch at­tacks against both Can­ter­bury Crown Court and the CPS.

“We ex­pect pub­lic state­ments from each of them, as de­manded, to be pub­lished in this news out­let within 21 days or face to­tal chaos.

“No longer will they fab­ri­cate the truth and pre­vent jus­tice.”

The emails came from some­one call­ing them­selves L33t Cy­ber Team.

Po­lice in­quiries in­volv­ing the Na­tional Crime Agency led to an ad­dress in Croy­don.

Miss Preece was sub­se­quently ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of black­mail and send­ing a ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Sarah Preece was charged with two of­fences

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