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Madeleine McCann: Brenda Leyland Is Monstered By Trolls

by | 3rd, October 2014

brenda leyland


BY now you’ve have heard of Brenda Leyland. She’s an alleged ‘troll’  – someone who says things online. Lots of people say nasty things online, but the police don’t go after them all. Not all make it to the TV news or the front pages. Just some .

What she, allegedly, tweeted about the McCanns is unpleasant. But what are people saying about her?

The Times :

A churchgoing mother of two children has been uncovered as one of the internet “trolls” who bombarded the family of Madeleine McCann with vile abuse. Brenda Leyland, 63, who lives in a picturesque village in Leicestershire, 15 miles from where Kate and Gerry McCann live with their two children, posted dozens of offensive messages about them.

Mrs Leyland, who attended Goldsmiths college at London University, was part of a group of hate-fuelled critics of the McCanns who believe – despite no evidence – that the McCanns had some involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in 2007.

What things did she say?

Using the Twitter handle Sweepyface, Mrs Leyland called for the McCanns to suffer “for the rest of their miserable lives”.

And? No further examples are provided. But given the sort of thing that escapes censure online (calls for  Emma West to be raped,  “ Let’s hunt Liam Stacey down ”;  Josie Cunnigham should be shot ; and  more)  what we see there seems pretty mild.

When confronted about her Twitter comments, Mrs Leyland said: “I’m entitled to do what I want.”

Within the bounds of the law, yes, you can say what you like.

Friends of Mrs Leyland in the sleepy village of Burton Overy said that she was “very nice”. One said: “She is an educated and intelligent woman. She shouldn’t be doing things like that. She should

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