During the alleged victim’s cross-examination transcripts of Whats App messages between the pair were read to the jury.
He had used social media to create a fictitious character, luring the young mother to a Dublin hotel before strangling her.
So what is it about social media that leads some people to let their guard down and trust another person so fully and so quickly?
Dr Eddie Murphy, a clinical psychologist, says that the answer lies in a person’s desire to create a sense of closeness and a connection online.
“A special word of warning to anyone using social-media sites: we urge you to please be cautious and be aware.
Sonia made an error of judgment and paid for this with her life.” A grieving family, standing outside the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, issued this sobering statement two weeks ago, on May 26th.