An office worker has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after failing to set his out-of-office response. Judge Phillip Jackson told former business analyst Simon Abbot, 34, that despite mitigating circumstances, the ‘indictable offence’ warranted an extended prison term.
The jury, at Blackfriars Crown Court, deliberated for only 45 minutes to unanimously establish ‘guilt by digital negligence’. As the verdict was read out, there were cries of ‘justice’ and ‘you evil bastard’ from traumatised colleagues who still had not received an automated reply.
‘He has expressed no remorse for his countless victims’ remarked co-worker Lucy White, who is still reeling from an unacknowledged email about a graph. She concluded, ‘A 2-week family holiday in Tenerife should never have inflicted this much suffering. And he had the gall to return with a tan.’