Hollywood celebrities are not the only people who are being harassed by receiving death threats as known persons in the field of science are not exempt by the possibility, especially if you are as famous as Stephen Hawking. The highly popular British physicist and cosmologist have been receiving death threats from a 37-year-old woman from the United States. Said woman was awarded with a suspended four-month jail sentence for threatening to end the life of the scientist.
Stalker of Stephen Hawking Awarded With Jail Time for Death Threats
The woman in question who had been sending threats to kill Stephen Hawking goes by the name of Jenny Theresa C. The Norway-based individual was arrested in a hotel in Tenerife, Spain, which was, at the time of the arrest, close to a conference center that was hosting the annual Starmus astronomy festival wherein the famous scientist spoke on Wednesday.
Ms. Jenny Theresa C. had been reportedly stalking 74-year-old Stephen Hawking on his email and through social media. She is reported to have been sending the scientist with death threats through these portals. The physicist’s family raised the alarm after he was receiving the messages, in which they would reportedly read “I’m next to you and can kill you,” and “I’m going to kill you.”
The daughter of the famed scientist told the police that these threatening messages had begun flooding the inbox of the professor’s social media profiles, as well as his email accounts. The messages aggressively came in on Tuesday, according to reports. The stalker is now banned from coming within 500-meters of the scientist, as well as communicating through him on social media for a full eight months. Furthermore, and at the time of the arrest, evidences report of a map in which it showed Hawking’s itinerary on the island.
Under normal conditions, Spanish law proclaims that the stalker of Stephen Hawking would have been sentenced for up to two years in prison. However, considering that this is her first offense, the jail time was suspended. “She had been pursuing Hawking throughout the world and in the last few days had sent him grave threats through social media and to his personal email,” explained a spokesman for the Spanish Police as per reports. “In the various emails he received she outlined plans to end his life during the scientific conference being held in Tenerife. Because of the information contained in the emails, it appeared the person sending them could have been inside the conference venue.”
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