No charges over 'suicide' on web

Kevin Whitrick, 42, of Wellington, Shropshire, broadcast his death over the internet in March. Those chatroom users who watched him apparently commit suicide will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. The CPS said comments made by chatroom users at the time did not amount to a criminal offence. The father-of-two was found hanged after suffering from severe depression for several years. A spokesman announced: "This is a tragic case which resulted in the untimely death of Kevin Whitrick. We examined all the evidence passed to us by the police and have concluded that none of the comments made in the chatroom amounted to a criminal offence. As a result, there is insufficient evidence to prosecute any person for any criminal offence arising out of Mr Whitrick's death."

News source: BBC News

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You people are assuming that everyone took him seriously. My guess is the only reason people were being jerks is because they didn't think in a million years that he was serious. Even then, they probably thought he faked it when he actually did it.

The internet generation is extremely jaded, remember that. On the internet, everyone lies and everything you see is fake.

Sadly, I know exactly what site this happened at. I was in his room for a while, but left before he hung himself. I didn't find out what happened until people started posting screen shots on a certain web forum. You guys are right about the type of people that were egging him on, though. A very jaded mass of people they are and will laugh and take pleasure in anyone's misfortune. It's pretty sickening.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure it was recorded. If you're really interested, hop on eMule. Most of the stickam recordings get shared there.

The CPS are a bunch of failed solicitors.

Why the hell they even considered charges in the first place amazed me.

I know money.

The CPS are one waste of tax payers money.

I wonder if it was a failed asylum seeker that had done this, then they would try and press charges.

This is disgusting, but having been on IRC for most of my teenage and adult life, people do and say things in an irc chatroom that they would never do / say in real life. Even the people who said "omg d00d, just pwn urself already" probably put themselves in a false reality. If Mr. Whitrick was standing in front of these same people and saw the seriousness of his depression and his desire to kill himself, i am sure they would have done everything possible to save the guy. I am sure the people edging on his death did not know him personally and might have even been too young to realize the seriousness of what was going on. This entire situation is dispicable.

Hmm... but I remember part of the transcript. There were people who wanted him to die, some said get on with it, and others were telling others that this was going to be fun. :confused: