Via The Metro
A blogger who posted a message on Twitter joking about how he would blow an airport ‘sky high’ was found guilty yesterday of sending a menacing electronic communication.
Paul Chambers, 26, said he sent the tweet to 600 ‘followers’ in frustration after Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire, where he was due to fly from, was shut by snow in January.
But a judge ruled the message was ‘of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live’. The tweet, sent in the early hours of January 6, said: ‘C**p! Robin Hood airport is closed.
‘You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s**t together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!’
An airport manager saw the post a few days later and raised the alarm, Doncaster magistrates heard.
Chambers was arrested at his workplace, a car distribution company near Doncaster, where he was a finance
supervisor. He has now lost his job because of the prosecution.
Chambers was ordered to pay a £385 fine, a £15 victims surcharge and £600 costs. He said he was now considering an appeal.
This is ridiculous. What he posted on Twitter was obviously written out of frustration and at the same time a JOKE!
I cannot believe they dragged him in to court over an off the cuff remark posted on Twitter.
I think a warning would have been enough.
After the hearing, Chambers was quick to tweet his reaction, writing: ‘I’d like to thank the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) for their level-best efforts in f***ing up the life of an ordinary citizen. I love Britain.’
I hope he decides to appeal the decision because this is foolishness.
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