“…would you like to leave a message?”
The pair met through Love Leap, a dating website.
Although users must be 18 to register, Anthony was able to set up an account under the tag ‘young, sexy gay’.
And met a man, which is the purpose of these sites. And exchanged texts. Which, unfortunately were discovered by Anthony’s pregnant girlfriend.
Detective Sergeant Richard Horton, of Lancashire police, said that although Anthony’s body was not found until January 14 he had killed himself in woods near his Leyland home soon after he vanished.
His mobile phone showed he had contacted 14 people through Love Leap, including a 47-year-old Manchester man.
He also spoke to 12 others via the internet video telephone service Skype.
None of whom are sharing the dock with this one.
The dock? Oh, yes. You see, this isn’t just a case of a young man’s impetuous and foolish action, oh no! This is 2013. Someone must be responsible. Someone must be at fault.
Tudur Owen, defending, said the case raised ‘issues of public concern’ because the Crown was alleging that the sending of salacious texts between two individuals amounted to a criminal act.
Mr Owen said: ‘It’s a tragic case [but] there were no fixed plans for the men to meet. A lot of it is effectively fantasy.’
And, without knowledge of the real age, surely not criminal? In fact, other than the outcome of his discovery by his partner, no different to countless thousands of texts exchanged by users of these websites every day.
Why is there no hullabaloo about this case from the usual suspects? Why is this not a cause du jour for all those Pride marchers in London at the weekend? Why is there no anguished column in the ‘Guardian’ decrying the injustice, or in the ‘Mail’ slamming the waste of public money by the CPS?
District judge Andrew Shaw reserved his judgement until next month. He said he wanted more time to reflect because the case was an ‘important’ one which could have ‘substantial implications’ for future hearings.
In which case, maybe there’s two girls who should be living in fear of that knock on the door?
A teenager threw himself in front of a train after being caught in a tug-of-love between two girls who both wanted to date him, an inquest has heard.
Charlie had angered his girlfriend when he changed his status on Facebook after the second girl threatened to harm herself if he did not go out with her, the inquest at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, heard.
Oh, wait! No, it’s OK. It was really all the fault of that awful Internet after all:
“I think Facebook really is a part of the problem. I’m not a Facebook person myself, but I wish I had paid attention and been more aware about what was happening on Facebook.”
“Seeing what has come out at the inquest I think it’s definitely a problem. I think parents need to be more aware and should be more aware of what’s happening on Facebook. ”
All change! Something must be at fault. Something must be responsible.
“It was an emotional crisis that led to his death and I think what had happened on Facebook had contributed to that.”
Let’s put Facebook in the dock!