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No charges against PC over Facebook trolling of Brighton woman Nicola Brookes
A woman who has been subjected to vicious internet bullying says she has still not received justice after “20 months of hell”.
A police officer accused of ‘trolling’ a woman who voiced her support online for rejected X-Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza has been told that he will not face charges.
PC Lee Rimmell, 32, of Bourneville, Birmingham, who serves with West Midlands Constabulary, learnt on Tuesday that he would not face charges, having been arrested on suspicion of misuse of a computer following the investigation into online harassment of Nicola Brookes.
Miss Brookes, of Brighton, was tormented online after writing to Cocozza: “Keep your friends and family close.”
After her supportive message to Cocozza, of Woodingdean, people turned on her.
Someone set up a Facebook profile in Miss Brookes’s name and she said used it to send explicit messages to children.
She claimed it had a picture of her and her email address, with messages falsely describing her as a drug dealer, a prostitute and a child abuser.
She launched a legal battle to get Facebook to reveal the name of her abuser.
In an email sent by a Sussex Police officer and leaked to The Argus, Miss Brookes was told on Tuesday night: “I am informing you that CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) have made a decision. The result of this is that there will be no further action against Mr Rimmell.”
A Sussex Police spokesman confirmed this was the case.
Miss Brookes said she had been through “20 months of hell” since writing the message of support to Cocozza and hoped for a review of the case.
She added she was disappointed that no charges had so far been brought.
Last night a newhate page had been set up against Miss Brookes on Facebook, although there was nothing to link this to Mr Rimmell.
Called “Rip Brookes’ case” it joked: “I fought the law and the law won.”
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