Prosecutor Simon Denison QC told the court that a psychiatric assessment had found Donnelly to have a “psychopathic personality”.He said: “The evidence shows the defendant to have met and murdered Usha Patel, and assaulted Rosie Ferrigno, at a time when he was driven by compulsions to drink, take cocaine, and have sex.On analysis of the code, it became clear engineers had developed female chatbots, which had in turn engaged some of its male userbase.
We set up terms on the application saying, we say on every application profile, 'do you understand, no fake profiles'.Some of the companies asked what to do if they wanted to up a profile to test if the site is working.But what if the chatbot was created by the company itself?Take Ashley Madison, which had its entire source code, internal company emails and 37 million customers' personal information dumped onto torrenting sites earlier this year.“He is a lying and manipulative man who was able to quickly gain Usha Patel's trust and get her to agree to invite him to her home.” He said there was no suggestion that the murderer had gone to the meet up to kill Ms Patel or that he gained sexual pleasure from violence.
Denison added: “But he did know, from his extensive criminal history, that he had a tendency to become violent when drunk and drugged, and he must have known he presented a significant and serious danger to women.” A string of Whats App messages recovered from Ms Patel's phone showed the pair had first made contact in April last year.
"The defendant killed Usha Patel in her home that evening, possibly into the early hours of Thursday, after she had put [her son] to bed." A post mortem revealed she had been ferociously beaten, strangled and stabbed 13 times in the stomach and the cause of death was recorded as compression of the neck, blunt head injury and alcohol intoxication.
There was no evidence a sexual assault had taken place.
While its main priority is the safety of UK online daters, the trade body advises against chat bots.
: "There was a reputation a couple of years ago for fake profiles, but we don't believe in conning people to pay subscriptions.
We said yes, as long as users can’t engage with that profile and get excited or attracted to it."While decisions to engineer fake profiles are entirely up to the sites themselves, dating companies signed up to the Online Dating Association are a somewhat safer bet.