Internet troll due to be sentenced today
INTERNET troll Frank Zimmerman is due to be sentenced at court today after failing to turn up last time.
Zimmerman used the social networking site Twitter to threaten chick-lit author Louise Mensch, Conservative MP for Corby.
He was convicted in his absence in April of sending "an indecent, offensive or menacing" message to Ms Mensch, and after missing three earlier hearings, turned up at court on May 8 and failed to convince a judge the conviction should not stand.
Zimmerman, of Spinney Road, Barnwood, who claimed to be agoraphobic and unable to leave home, told the MP that she had to make a choice between which of her three children should die.
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The message purported to have been sent from the online hacking group Anonymous.
She immediately contacted police, whose investigation led to Zimmerman, 60.
He was due to be sentenced at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court last week but didn't attend – solicitor John Lynch said he could not afford to travel to court.
Judge Martin Brown issued a warrant for Zimmerman's arrest and said he was considering a non-custodial sentence when he sentences him today.