Son of top Scottish judge made rape threats on twitter. CALLS for an investigation into why Scotland’s Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has refused to prosecute the son of a top Scottish judge who made threats of rape on twitter to a woman have today been made by legal insiders vexed at claims of underhanded tactics by Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to subdue reporting on the story.
It has previously been reported by the Scottish media that the son of a high ranking Court of Session judge told a football player’s girlfriend she was going to “enjoy getting raped and stabbed in Glasgow”.
However, the Crown Office have angrily set upon journalists who recently made further enquiries of the story and so far no action has been taken, despite action taken by Police & the Crown Prosecution Service in England & Wales in cases where female campaigners and even a female Member of Parliament have recently been threatened in a similar manner.
Reporting of the threats has been published earlier, here :
ROBYN WALKER was the target of a series of lurid and threatening messages sent when her boyfriend decided to move from Hearts to Rangers.
A HIGH Court judge’s son told Rangers star David Templeton’s girlfriend she was going to be raped after he signed for the Glasgow club.
The message sent to Robyn Walker from the Twitter account of the privately educated
teenager said: “Enjoy getting raped and stabbed in Glasgow you wench.”
The 16-year-old’s father promised to “deal with it” when the message was brought to his attention by the Sunday Mail.
Police said they would investigate if any complaint was received.
Lawyers say the tweet could be an offence under telecom legislation.
Robyn was the target of a series of lurid and threatening messages sent when her boyfriend decided to move from Hearts to Rangers.
She said: “I was shocked when I got this tweet saying he wanted me raped and stabbed.
“It wasn’t nice but I have not complained to police.
“My friends said I should but I have decided not to take it any further.”
Templeton, 23, responded to the message and other threats on his Twitter page.
The Rangers star posted: “People slaughtering my gf! It’s embarrassing! She has nothing to do with what’s happened!”
The judge told us: “Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I will go and deal with it now.”
Both Lothian and Borders and Strathclyde Police said they can only investigate abusive comments made on social networking sites like Twitter if the targets complain to them. A spokeswoman for the Strathclyde force added: “Our football co-ordination unit will view the tweet to see if any criminality occurred.”
Leading criminal lawyer Matthew Berlow said: “Anyone who leaves an offensive message on a social networking site such as Twitter could be breaching the Telecommunications Act.”
Templeton signed for Hearts in 2007 before joining Rangers on August 31.
His move attracted heavy criticism from Hearts fans.
The sinister tweets can be revealed just months after we told how another internet troll threatened to sexually attack an alleged rape victim on a football fans’s message board.
He posted anonymously that he would “violently rape” the mum as MPs voiced escalating concern at the threatening and women-hating content of many messages left on social network sites and message boards.
His post was just one of scores of bile-filled messages directed at the woman after she accused Blackburn Rovers footballer David Goodwillie of rape.
Charges were brought against the player but later dropped.
Last month a 37-year-old man was was charged with breach of the peace over the posts and is due to appear in court.