The disappearance of Madeleine McCann remains unsolved, but her name stays prominent in media headlines all around the world. Metro News reports that the missing child has been the target of nasty internet jokes, but the so-called “troll” accused of making the comments is reportedly facing jail time for another offense. Authorities say that 25-year-old Jamie Milligan was arrested last year when he made disparaging comments on Facebook. He also reportedly threatened to rape one of his friends.
The 25-year-old man appeared in court recently, where he declared that he no longer uses Facebook. He also acknowledged the seriousness of his actions.
“I know it’s wrong. I’m not on Facebook anymore. I’ve shut it down.”
Milligan, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, allegedly made a series of comments last years on the popular social media site, mentioning both Madeleine McCann and another young child. He joked about the death of Mikaeel Kular, who was savagely beaten and stuffed in a suitcase by his own mother. The Mirror reports that the child’s mother was convicted in his slaying, but only sentenced to 11 years. To the outrage of the British public, she may only have to serve five and a half of those 11 years.
The nature of the comments made by Jamie Milligan about little Mikaeel Kular have not been clarified upon in the media. However, it’s been reported that the young man could face jail time for his behavior — not only for jokes about Kular and McCann, but threats he had made to at least one of his friends. During the same time that he posted the disparaging comments on Facebook, he also allegedly threatened to commit the rape. According to reports, he was contrite about the situation.
“I’m not the type of person that would rape someone.”
Milligan has been ordered to undergo assessment with social workers that have been appointed by the court. After he is assessed, a judge will decide whether or not he is to face imprisonment for his actions.
The parents of Madeleine McCann have not spoken out publicly about this particular “troll,” but they have spoken out in the past about the internet and the comments made by people about their daughter’s disappearance. The focus on cyber-trolls over the course of this case has sparked controversy, including the death of Brenda Leyland, a woman who allegedly killed herself after being outed by Sky News as a troll against the McCanns. Meanwhile, Maddie is still missing and authorities don’t seem to be any closer to the truth today than they were a decade ago.
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