Bully Hit With Restraining Order Via Facebook

Aussie cops go online to reach man who harassed ex

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Revenge_of_Mint

Posted Oct 20, 2010 4:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – When Australian police couldn't find a man who was harassing his ex-partner, they served him with a restraining order using the same medium he was bullying her in: Facebook. A police officer, with a court's approval, filmed himself reading the order and sent the video to the man's Facebook account, the Age reports. The order, which was deemed served, also required the man to take down his account.

Police say that when they caught up with the man, he confirmed that the messages had been received. The harassment has now stopped. "We used the same methods to catch up with the offending person as he used to contact the victim in the first place. Police will always pursue traditional means to enforce the law and to protect the community, but we won't shy away from innovative methods," the officer said. ‘‘The victim is very happy with the concept because she’s got the protection of that order now.’’

Senior Constable Stuart Walton reads out the restraining order.
Senior Constable Stuart Walton reads out the restraining order.   (YouTube)
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An excerpt from the video the Facebook bully received.   (VPBlueTube)

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