Hunt for abusive Facebook 'troll'
POLICE are closing in on a group of “trolls” who created an abusive Facebook hate page aimed at 22-year-old Sunshine Coast murder victim, Justine Jones.
It is believed the creator of the page is a 22-year-old Gympie woman who uses the fake name Wendy Woods.
The woman boasted online about her “achievement” of having the Justine Jones hate page mentioned in the media.
She described herself as a “troll”, a person who defaces internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families and is connected with a group of other trolls who cause havoc on memorial websites.
The woman has also attacked pages devoted to people who have died in fatal crashes and other murder victims.
After the Sunshine Coast Sunday ran a story about the Justine Jones hate page the woman posted: “Got a story in the local newspaper today... They even mentioned my name... Wendy Woods... I was so proud all my hard work has paid off”.
She said she would keep the newspaper clipping “to show my children when they grow up” and was happy because she had “created so much rage... I am proud”.
The contents of the page were too graphic and disturbing to print, and included pornography and images of human remains.
In a separate post the woman said: “Being annoying does not = win... causing hurt to greiving (sic) familys (sic) = win”.
The woman has also been linked to 29-year-old Bradley Paul Hampson, who is in police custody after being charged with defacing Facebook tribute pages to child murder victims Elliot Fletcher and Trinity Bates.
However, the woman said she was not scared of prosecution because “the Queensland police don’t have a leg to stand on”.
“I really don’t give a f*** if I’m exposed, I’d be quite happy to go down to the police station for this... I would give em a peace (sic) of my mind,” she boasted.
In Australia, it is a Commonwealth criminal offence to use the internet to menace, harass or cause offence, punishable by up to three years imprisonment.
The Gympie Times’ sister publication the Sunshine Coast Daily obtained information about the woman from a Queensland-based “cyber-sleuth” who has assisted State Crime Operations Command Taskforce Argus, which investigates child exploitation material.
The female sleuth, who can not be identified, said the trolling community “thrive on upsetting mourning families”.
“It’s sick, there’s no other way to describe it,” she said.
“I just want to help stamp it out and bring these trolls to justice, because what they’re doing is illegal.”