Not Saussure

June 7, 2007

Breaking news! Rachel’s stalker caught

Filed under: Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 7:45 pm

This just in, from the Oxford Mail (heads up via Unity)

Cyberstalker Felicity Jane Lowde has been caught by police as she sat in an Internet cafe typing away.Lowde, 41, has been on the run since April after she was convicted of harassing July 7 bombing survivor Rachel North with dozens of abusive messages on the Internet.

Lowde, from Jackson Road in Cutteslowe, Oxford, was not at court when she was convicted and continued to post messages on the web attacking Miss North, 36, and others.

Miss North, from London, survived the Piccadilly Line blast and began a web blog to campaign for an inquiry into the 2005 terrorist attack.

Shortly afterwards, Lowde began posting her messages to her, among them an accusation that she was “making a living on the backs of the dead”. She also criticised her in her own blogs.

But last night Lowde was in custody after police arrested her in a cybercafé in Brick Lane in east London.

Police have been trying to trace Lowde through her internet usage and asked the Oxford Mail for IP addresses of computers she was believed to be using to post messages on the newspaper’s website, http://www.oxfordmail.net It is understood someone began communicating with Lowde over the Internet this week, allowing officers to trace her to the cybercafe and arrest her.

Lowde is due to be sentenced by Stratford magistrates on June 28 for the harrassment charge. The maximum sentence she could face is six months in jail or a £5,000 fine.

Speaking after Lowde’s arrest, Miss North said: “I’m very relieved, because all I’ve ever wanted is for her to leave me alone. The fact that she is now in custody means tonight I can sleep safely.

“It’s great that she has finally been brought to justice after attempting to evade it for so long.”

While Miss North could not comment on the events leading up to Lowde’s arrest, she said she knew information supplied by the Oxford Mail had helped police in tracking her down.

Daniel Hart, 34, from Cowley, revealed last week that he was also subjected to 15 months of harassment after he designed graphics for Lowde’s blog.

Mr Hart has taken on a solicitor to have the offensive material removed from the Internet but the bizarre postings are still largely in place.

Mr Hart said last night: “I am extremely relieved that she is now in custody because she will not be able to continue these bizarre postings. I feel much more relaxed and I am hoping that court action will start the process of removing the offensive material from the website.”

Lowde has previously declined a request to speak to the Oxford Mail, but maintained her innocence on her blog, in which she claims to be ‘an authorised Special Branch researcher’.

Sgt Colin Brooker, of Thames Valley Police, confirmed yesterday that Lowde had been arrested on Wednesday night.

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8 Comments »

  1. This sure is good news. The sooner that her blog is consigned to history the better.

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — June 7, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

  2. Indeed. And, as Benedict White notes in the comments to the Oxford Mail story,

    I note no stream of comments proclaiming Felicity’s innocence or the iniquity of the justice system and how she is being stalked.

    I wonder why? :)

    Comment by notsaussure — June 7, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

  3. I recognised her style of comments in the comments, and she use to post to herself on her own blog. I didn’t think she would last too long once Rachel started to come forward. I would like to see Google and the ISP start to act responsibly and remove the blog. It was her weapon in the same way others use a gun or knife…

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — June 7, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

  4. Would I be correct, NS, to believe that after she’s released, if she does anything other than leave Rachel alone completely, she’ll be thrown back in the slammer before you can say “as a box of frogs”?

    Comment by Larry Teabag — June 8, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  5. as she sat typing away

    Went out like a true troll…

    Comment by Alex — June 8, 2007 @ 9:24 am

  6. Alex: I wouldn’t call FJL a troll as it minimises her conduct. I have some affection for trolls, none whatsoever for cyber-stalkers and cyber-bullies the latter of which came out on the Iain Dale post on this thread.

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — June 8, 2007 @ 9:53 am

  7. You’d be correct, Larry. Completely separate from any penalty the court imposes, it may also make any restrictions it thinks are necessary (a restraining order) ‘in order to protect the victim, or any other person mentioned in the order from further conduct which amounts either to harassment or causing fear of violence.’
    These are normally indefinite and breaking them is considerably more serious than the charge for which she now falls to be sentenced (maximum 5 years on indictment). At a minimum, I’d think they’d forbid any further contact, direct or indirect, with Rachel or her family, but the CPS people I’ve talked to about it (different part of the country, so they’re not involved, but obviously they’re interested) reckon they’d ask for far more wide-reaching prohibitions.

    Comment by notsaussure — June 8, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  8. I find it upsetting that Iain Dale is more concerned with swearing than cyber-bullying and it is the former reason he states that he has had to resort to comment moderation. I am quite liberal in relation to language as it can be quite strong at times. I am less liberal when it comes to cyber-bullying. I don’t believe that anyone has the right to bully another person. Some of these Tories like to claim that they are on the high moral ground by attacking the likes of me on Iain Dale’s Diary. I don’t see the gutter as the high moral ground at all. Even at pavement level I am able to look down upon them. They cannot even blame hoodies for breaking their glasshouse windows. It’s what we call an inside job…

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — June 8, 2007 @ 11:07 pm


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