Teenager tells of Facebook abuse nightmare

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The victim of a woman jailed for harassing her on the social networking website Facebook revealed today that the abuse "consumed her every waking moment".

Emily Moore, 18, said she was hounded for four years by Keeley Houghton, whose bullying campaign culminated in death threats posted on the internet.

At a court hearing last week, Houghton, 18, from Malvern, Worcestershire, pleaded guilty to harassment and was sent to a young offenders' institute for three months. She was also given a five-year restraining order.

Miss Moore, also from Malvern, told The Sun: "Her abuse consumed my every waking moment for the past four years. I got so scared I couldn't even turn on my computer."

She said she was first targeted after wearing eyeliner to school aged 14. That led to physical assaults and internet harassment on the sites Bebo and Facebook.

One Facebook comment Houghton posted in July this year read: "Keeley is going to murder the bitch. She is an actress. What a f***ing liberty. Emily F***head Moore."

Miss Moore said: "When I was 16 I set up a Bebo account to keep in touch with friends, but every time I logged on there was a torrent of hate from Keeley and her friends.

"When everyone started using Facebook I didn't want a repeat of what happened with my Bebo account. But with Facebook I was able to set my profile to private so that only my friend could contact me.

"But then a friend told me to have a look at Keeley's Facebook. I was distraught - anyone could see her threats against me. I felt violated."

The teenager added that she had no idea what sparked Houghton's harassment campaign.