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New offence of child manslaughter needed; Views of Wales.

SIR - As an internet trolling expert I always say there are enough laws to prosecute trolling. Although the tragic case of 15-year-old James Lock shows this is true, existing laws are still not enough to deter trolling in the first place ("Offensive Facebook post triggers warning", April 14).

I would like the government to introduce an offence of "child manslaughter". Anyone who acts in a concerted or negligent way leading to the death of a child could face action in the civil, criminal or youth courts as appropriate.

Regardless of their age, bullies know what they are doing - whether online or offline. If a child feels tormented to the point they feel the only way out is suicide then parents should have recourse to the courts to bring action against those who put their child in that position. An offence of "child manslaughter" could do this and deter internet trolling in the first place.

Jonathan Bishop LLM Editor of the book, "Examining the Concepts, Issues and Implications of Internet Trolling" Pontypridd
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 22, 2014
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