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Journalists give Madeleine McCann 'Twitter troll' evidence

Two journalists will be called as witnesses today at an inquest in to the death of an alleged internet "troll" who was found dead in a hotel room.

The body of Brenda Leyland, 63, was discovered in Leicester last October, two days after she featured in a Sky News report exposing online abuse directed at the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann.

An inquest, being held by Leicester coroner Catherine Mason, is expected to hear evidence from Sky News' crime correspondent Martin Brunt and its head of newsgathering, Jonathan Levy.

Police officers, a toxicologist and a doctor are also due to give evidence at the one-day hearing at Leicester Town Hall.

The body of Mrs Leyland was discovered in Enderby, Leicester, on October 4.

Mrs Leyland, from Burton Overy, Leicestershire, is reported to have posted thousands of messages on Twitter attacking the McCanns, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared in Portugal in 2007.


From Belfast Telegraph