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Brenda Leyland suicide

I have read many of this ladies comments and she was asking a lot of questions. she believed like many others do that the McCanns are guilty of something. I feel it is unfair she was singled out like this.   My thoughts are with her poor family.

Be careful people about what you put online.  

Brenda Leyland dead: Martin Brunt and Sky News face online backlash following death of Madeleine McCann parents' 'troll'

Sky News is facing an online backlash following the death of a woman accused of being an internet troll.

Brenda Leyland, 63, was identified as one of a number of "trolls" posting abusive messages aimed at Gerry and Kate McCann, whose daughter went missing in Portugal in 2007.

Mrs Leyland was found dead in a Leicestershire hotel on Saturday. Police have said the death is not being treated as suspicious and the circumstances surrounding her death were being investigated.

Last week Mrs Leyland was tracked down to her home in Burton Overy, Leicestershire, by Sky News and confronted by reporter Martin Brunt about her online activities.

Brunt asked Mrs Leyland why she was using a Twitter account to attack the McCanns, to which she replied: "I'm entitled to do that."

The encounter was shown on Thursday last week and the next day it was reported she had left the village.

Some Twitter users have now criticised Sky News for the report.

One Twitter user wrote: "Abhorrent hounding of a Woman who's mental strength was obviously unimportant to you. Shame on @Skynews @skymartinbrunt RIP #BrendaLeyland".

A Sky spokesman today told The Independent: "We were saddened to hear of the death of Brenda Leyland. It would be inappropriate to speculate or comment further at this time."

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: "Officers were called at 1.42pm on Saturday October 4 following a report of Brenda Leyland being found deceased at a hotel room in Smith Way, Grove Park.

"Ms Leyland’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the Coroner.

"Officers acting on behalf of the Coroner will look into the circumstances surrounding and prior to her unexpected death."

Abhorrent hounding of a Woman who's mental strength was obviously unimportant to you. Shame on @Skynews @skymartinbrunt RIP #BrendaLeyland

Whether Brenda Leyland was a troll or not, I don't think she was, the case reflects very badly on the professionalism of Sky News.
10:02 AM - 6 Oct 2014

id like to know how sky news tracked her down and weather it was done leggaly.

and as they have said she wasnt the worst why was she singled out.

Sky and Martin Brunt should have left any investigation to the police.  Shame on them!

I too would like to know where they got her details.

This woman was outed as a "troll" in front of millions of people.  So they would also have damaged any investigation.

What about innocent until proven guilty?

There needs to be an investigation into this.  People have strong opinions both sides of the McCann case and there are literally thousands of forums discussing this case yet one woman is singled out?

I have seen some vile messages online on various cases and yet people have got away with it.

ive seen some pretty vile stuff posted on there but not by her.

i also dont like the way the media a describibg her as a troll when theres abslutly no proof she was.

Dr Claire Hardaker, a lecturer at Lancaster University and an expert in internet abuse, said that from the tweets she downloaded from Leyland's 'sweepyface' Twitter account, she would not have classified her as a "troll".

"I don't think she was a troll, she had very unpopular opinions, she was convinced that there had been a cover-up and that the British press and police were complicit. She called the McCann's fools, she called someone that she didn't agree with a 'f**ktard,' but that's about as bad as it got.

"She had entirely bought into the conspiracy theory, and she was a campaigner. She was tweeting the Daily Mail, Sky News, the Met Police, everyone to try to get them to investigate. She might have been misguided, but her intentions were to act in the little girl's best interests, and she was obsessive."

One of the most poignant tweets that Leyland sent, Hardaker said, was when she realised Martin Brunt was following her on Twitter. "She actually tweeted him asking him to investigate the theories she was passionate about."

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