Court cases highlight web of crime

A HOST of court cases and police warning have stemmed from people abusing social networking sites.

Wayne Thompson, 22, had unprotected sex with an under-age girl more than 30 times after he befriended her through Facebook.

Thompson, of Wolviston Back Lane, Billingham, admitted sexual activity with a child and sent to prison for four years in December last year and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

In another case Daniel Thompson, 22, was locked up after cracking his ex-partner’s skull, before making her lie on Facebook.

The dad attacked his former girlfriend, Nicole Ellerby, 21, but his trial collapsed when Thompson made her post a message on Facebook saying she had lied about what had happened only hours after she had given evidence in court.

Thompson, of Tower Street, Hartlepool, eventually admitted the charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm during April 2010 and perverting the course of justice on December 22, 2010, for the message and was jailed for 15 months.

Just two weeks ago police warned mobile phone users not to fall for a social networking site scam that involves fraudsters hacking into personal Facebook accounts and convincing the victims to sign up for an iPhone 4s contract.