@AC 06:36 and AC 07:50
@AC 06:36 I was one of the first three commenters so I assume you're referring to me as well. I've no idea what triggered your flaming first paragraph. I did read the article, I have read previous articles on this case and I do realise that the prosecution were wrong to bring 'computer misuse' charges. I was asking what the situation (and possible legal avenues) would have been if it wasn't a computer that was used.
"the law under which she was being tried and the fact that it is completely fucking irrelevant to the case."
Didn't I say that? .."The method by which this woman tricked the girl was irrelevant to my way of thinking about the case." Oh yes, I did.
@AC 07:50 "..So under _your_ way of thinking, you are now guilty of a computer missuse crime "
No, I argued the opposite. The use of a computer (for written communication) is irrelevant to what that woman did to the girl. I gave the example of old fashioned letter writing as something that would probably have had the same effect on the girl. I asked about other laws that could be applied to this sad situation.
I get the impression that many people here have some kind of 'interpretation filter' operating when they read comments.