Teenager prosecuted after cyber-bullying victim found dead

A victim of cyber bullying was found dead on a Cumbrian beach, shortly after receiving abusive messages over Facebook.


by Closer staff |
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Callum Moody-Chapman, who was just 17 years old, went missing on 15 December, after abusive messages were sent to him. His body was found on a beach two days later, after his family raised the alarm.

Callum, who lived near Grimbsy, regularly posted pictures to the social networking site – some of which received abuse.

And now a 17 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to offences of assault, following an altercation with Callum last November, and an offence under the Malicious Communication Act.

Today a spokersperson for Lincolnshire police said the case highlighted how those who use social media platforms to abuse other individuals would be brought to justice.

A statement released by his parents paid tribute to their Callum, calling him a ‘friendly and loving’ young man.

It read: “Callum was a lovely young man, friendly and loving. His death has devastated his family and friends and we continue to try to come to terms with what has happened. The defendant in this case was a friend of Callum's.

“He has now been dealt with by the court and, whilst we can now try to draw a line under this case, it does not make our grieving for the loss of Callum any easier.”

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