Suicide teen Amanda Todd: Anonymous 'reveals stalker’
Fifteen-year-old killed herself after online bully sent nude images of her to 'everyone’ she knew
AS TRIBUTES were paid to a 15-year-old Canadian girl who was driven to suicide after a campaign of bullying, hacktivist group Anonymous last night claimed to have identified her stalker.
Amanda Todd killed herself last Wednesday, weeks after posting a video on YouTube describing how an online stalker sent nude images of her to "everyone" she knew.
In the nine-minute video she told her story with a set of handwritten notes. She explained that she was persuaded to expose her breasts via a webcam to a stranger who then sent the photo to her school friends. The images were then used to torment her on social media.
Todd, from Port Coquitlam, near Vancouver, changed schools repeatedly but this did not stop the bullying and she was physically attacked by classmates.
Yesterday, Anonymous posted a dramatic YouTube clip in which a man disguised in a Guy Fawkes mask reveals the identity of "Amanda Todd's punisher".
The hacker, whose voice has been distorted, names a 32-year-old man from Vancouver, describing him as "the paedophile that social engineered Amanda Todd into supplying him nude pictures". The Anonymous message also describes the man as "an abomination to our society" and claims that he "will be punished".
The alleged stalker has now been threatened online by others vowing to carry out vigilante justice, a development that worries Vancouver defence lawyer Eric Gottardi.
"The system isn't supposed to convict someone before charges are laid. It's not supposed to be judge, jury and executioner, all in the public forum," Gottardi told CBC News. "We have a justice system. It's supposed to work, it does work."
During a memorial service for Todd yesterday, her friends said they had been aware of an unknown man in his 30s "stalking" her for years. "There were multiple accounts with random names. There were Twitter accounts also used," said one of Todd's friends who was sent the images.
The Royal Canadian Mounted police said they would investigate the claims as part of their ongoing inquiry into what led to her death.