Tsunami e-mail hoaxer jailed

Christopher Pierson, the man who e-mailed around 35 people claiming their relatives had died in the Asian tsunami, was sentenced to six months in jail, according to dotJournalism. Pierson used bulletin boards on Sky News’ Web site to target already panic-stricken families. Judge Daphne Wickham said Pierson’s act had caused “indescribable” pain and grief to unsuspecting relatives. Pierson later admitted his mistake and was charged under the Malicious Communication Act.
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