Troll who called Gerry and Kate McCann ‘evil, conniving’ found dead in hotel

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

October 6, 2014 | 1 min read

Twitter troll Brenda Leyland, who was last week confronted on camera by Sky News, has been found dead in a hotel room, in an apparent suicide.

The 63-year-old, who tweeted under the username @sweepyface, had tweeted messages since November 2013 which blamed Gerry and Kate McCann for the disappearance of their daughter Madeline while the family was on holiday.

The series of messages sent by Leyland said that the duo would be ‘hated by millions for the rest of your miserable, evil, conniving lives’.

When confronted by Sky News on the trolling, Leyland said she was ‘entitled’ to her opinion and that it was ‘fair enough’ that the police were looking into her behaviour.

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It is believed that she had not returned home after the programme was broadcast by Sky on 2 October, and her body was discovered in a hotel on Saturday 4 October.

The police have stated that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Last week, Gerry McCann said that more people need to be charged for trolling.


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