BBC News - 'Fresh proposals' planned over cyber-monitoring

Francis Davey fjmd1a at
Tue May 28 14:02:08 BST 2013

2013/5/28 k.brown at <k.brown at>

Threatening to kill anybody is a crime, though I imagine it would have

Contrary to section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861

> to be a credible threat before a court woudl take notice, and not just
>  "I wish you were dead" mutterings. It woudl be moew than just

Yes. You have to intend that the victim fears the threat will be carried

> harrassment. Putting someone in fear for their life would have been an
> assault under the old common law I think even if you didn't physically

What my old lecturer called a "psychic assault" (which always made me think
of D&D 1st ed psionic combat). Assault at common law still exists as an

> attack them at all. I'm sure there are plenty of fancy new statutes to
> cover the same ground. (Not conspiracy though. Conspiracy needs more
> than one person).

Indeed, see section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977:

You can't even attempt to conspire:

Francis Davey
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