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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Andareed said,
Some viewers were goading him on to do it.

So, they are not his baby sitter.... he was a grown man, who wants some guy with those types of problems driving around the streets in a car anyway...

phiberoptik said,

So, they are not his baby sitter.... he was a grown man, who wants some guy with those types of problems driving around the streets in a car anyway...


No, read the news article that was posted here when it happened - it wans't just some crazy guy going online to kill himself.

phiberoptik said,

So, they are not his baby sitter.... he was a grown man, who wants some guy with those types of problems driving around the streets in a car anyway...

There's a transcript of the chat floating around the internet. Go read it. Some of those people were complete jerks and wanted to see him do it. Even when they realized he actually did it people started to laugh and joke about it. Some of the ones nagging him on to do it freaked out when he actually did it then their attitude compeltely changed and they realized what they did.

There should be plenty of charges filed. Yes the guy was already depressed and everything, but those people were talking soo much trash about him it put him over the edge. You could tell he didn't plan to do it on the internet. It was a spur of the moment thing.

phiberoptik said,
So, they are not his baby sitter.... he was a grown man, who wants some guy with those types of problems driving around the streets in a car anyway...

If an adult told a child to go kill someone and the child did, would you not hold the adult partially responsible? The guy may have had the mental state of a child given that he was willing to (and did) end his own life.

Andareed said,

If an adult told a child to go kill someone and the child did, would you not hold the adult partially responsible? The guy may have had the mental state of a child given that he was willing to (and did) end his own life.

That's interesting. I don't know of any children that want to die, let alone take their own life. I would call him a selfish adult.

RAID 0 said,
That's interesting. I don't know of any children that want to die, let alone take their own life. I would call him a selfish adult.

All I'm saying is that the guy was likely very impressionable in his state of mind, just like a child generally is. The people who were pushing him to do it should take some of the responsibility in my opinion.

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well in TEXAS they give the death penality for suicide ;-) :-P :bounce:

There's stupid laws every where. You can't give or receive oral sex in North Carolina unless one or both parties are sleeping.

Nightwind Hawk said,

No, read the news article that was posted here when it happened - it wans't just some crazy guy going online to kill himself.

It still doesn't matter, the online community is not the babysitter of this guy.... if anyone was, it was hit spouse, kids or family.....

So even the thought of someone being charged with anything in this is absurd...

Andareed said,

If an adult told a child to go kill someone and the child did, would you not hold the adult partially responsible? The guy may have had the mental state of a child given that he was willing to (and did) end his own life.

Wow thats one of the most ignorant comments I have ever seen posted on the internet...

Yes, the adult would be FULLY responsible, because the child is underage, and the adult is responsible for the child's actions. You are proving my origional point 100%, Thanks!.

Again, the guy was an adult, any actions you take as an adult are your own decision, they didn't make him do this...

If I tell you "Go kill yourself mfer" and 2 weeks later you do it, you can't file charges on me... I didn't do anything wrong.

NightmarE D said,

There's a transcript of the chat floating around the internet. Go read it. Some of those people were complete jerks and wanted to see him do it. Even when they realized he actually did it people started to laugh and joke about it. Some of the ones nagging him on to do it freaked out when he actually did it then their attitude compeltely changed and they realized what they did.

There should be plenty of charges filed. Yes the guy was already depressed and everything, but those people were talking soo much trash about him it put him over the edge. You could tell he didn't plan to do it on the internet. It was a spur of the moment thing.

Calling someone names, or trash talking does not constitute charges... If so.. we'd all be in jail... The guy needed help, he took his own life.. had it not been on the internet, he might have gone in somewhere shooting when he snapped.. so lets just think of this as a positive thing, at least it was just him..

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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