Abuse sender apologises to Deputy

THE police are continuing to investigate an abusive message sent to a St Helier Deputy, although the person who sent it has now apologised.

Deputy Inna Gardiner. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30250650)
Deputy Inna Gardiner. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30250650)

Deputy Inna Gardiner, who was branded ‘a filthy NIMBY’ and asked to ‘please die of Covid’ in the message, revealed yesterday that she had received a ‘really nice’ apology.

Thanking all those who had supported her after the incident, which was highlighted on the front page of the JEP, Deputy Gardiner said: ‘There has been overwhelming support, and I think it’s important that we reach a consensus about what’s acceptable. I was contacted by the person and he could have made excuses, or claimed his account was hacked, but he admitted what he had done and it was a really nice apology.’

Deputy Gardiner said that she hoped that people would bring a higher standard of behaviour when discussing matters online and urged anyone else suffering abuse to report it or to go public.

A police spokesperson confirmed that a report had been received last Thursday night and that the matter was being investigated.

Abusive messages could fall under amendments to the Telecommunications Law and the Disorderly Conduct and Harassment Law, introduced in 2016 with the aim of ensuring Jersey was able to prosecute those sending abusive communications.

The spokeswoman added that anyone receiving online abuse could report it to the relevant social media platform, while anything deemed ‘grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing’ should be reported to police by calling 612612 or reporting it via the report.jersey.police.uk website.

Deputy Gardiner said she expected to have a further conversation with the police to confirm that she had received the apology, adding that from her perspective she believed the matter had been resolved.

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