Abusive Facebook messages sent to partially deaf woman in 'disability hate crime' The court heard the messages which Nikkisha Thomas sent brought back painful memories of childhood bullying the victim suffered.
A woman sent abusive messages to someone who is partially deaf in a "disability hate crime", a court has heard. Nikkisha Louise Thomas sent the messages via Facebook then took to calling her victim on the phone after she was blocked on the social media platform. Swansea Magistrates' Court heard the experience had brought back painful memories of childhood bullying for the recipient of the abuse. Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, said Thomas and her victim knew each other and the woman had confided in the defendant about the struggles she had gone through because of her hearing difficulties.
In October last year, the relationship between the two deteriorated and on October 28 Thomas sent her victim a series of messages in what the prosecutor called a disability hate crime. In the abusive messages, 22-year-old Thomas called the woman "dumb", "inbred", and "a deaf and blind ****". The victim blocked the messages but then started receiving phone calls from an unknown number. Miss Sullivan said when the victim answered the calls Thomas would ask her if she could hear her. In a statement, the victim said she had been bullied over her deafness as a child and the experience with Thomas had brought back painful memories and knocked her self-confidence.