Twitter joke trial costs man 3,000 after he loses appeal over ‘menacing’ airport tweet

By Every day Mail Columnist
Updated: 08:12 BST, 12 November 2010

Disappointed: Paul Chambers lost his claim against a conviction for debilitating to blow up an air terminal in a Twitter message
A student bookkeeper who posted a message on Twitter debilitating to blow an air terminal ‘sky high’ is confronting a £3,000 after losing his claim against his conviction.
Paul Chambers, 27, was said to be ‘disappointed what’s more, taking legitimate advice’ after his claim was expelled by a judge at Doncaster Crown Court today.
He had been found blameworthy of sending a threatening electronic correspondence by a locale judge at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court in connection to a tweet sent in January in which he wrote: ‘Robin Hood Airplane terminal is closed. You’ve got a week… something else I’m blowing the air terminal sky high!’

He contended that no-one would ever have taken it truly what’s more, propelled legitimate activity to clear his name.
However, Judge Jacqueline Davies, who was sitting with two judges on Thursday, ruled the message was menacing.
She said: ‘We take the see an customary individual seeing this would see it in that way what’s more, be alarmed.
‘The airplane terminal staff did see it what’s more, were adequately concerned to report it.’
She portrayed the respondent as an ‘unimpressive witness.’
She added: ‘We find it inconceivable to acknowledge that anybody living in this country, in the current atmosphere of fear monger threats, would not be mindful of the outcomes of their activities in making such a statement.’
Chambers, from Northern Ireland, guaranteed he sent the tweet to his 600 Twitter supporters in a minute of disappointment after adjacent Robin Hood Air terminal was shut by snow in January.
Following his conviction in May he was requested to pay a £385 fine what’s more, £15 casualty surcharge. Today, jobless Chambers was too requested to pay the arraignment costs of £2,600.
At an prior hearing Stephen Ferguson, for Chambers, contended that the conviction ought to be suppressed since the Tweet was essentially not “menacing”.
Mr Ferguson said that indeed the police officer exploring the case marked it a ‘foolish remark posted on Twitter as a joke for as it were his close companions to see’.
He said the indictment had fizzled to demonstrate that his customer had any goal to debilitate anybody or, then again that he thought there was any chance somebody would translate the Tweet in this way.
Closed: Robin Hood Airplane terminal had been close by January snows at the point when Chambers composed his Twitter message
The advodate said the last ground of claim was that Twitter was not a ‘public electronic interchanges network’ inside the meaning of the pertinent law.
The court heard that the Tweet was found at the point when an air terminal manager, who was not a Twitter member, sought for ‘Robin Hood Airport’ on the Twitter site.
Mr Ferguson told the court that in the event that Chambers’s Tweet was considered threatening inside the meaning of the law, at that point so could so numerous other articulations made in all way of social situations.
Chambers was captured at his working environment at a auto dissemination firm in Sandtoft, close Doncaster, where he was a fund supervisor.
His trial was told he had lost his work since of the prosecution.
Chambers told the locale judge in May he had been arranging to go to Belfast on January 15 to meet a lady he had met through Twitter who has been recognized in court as it were by her Twitter alias, Insane Colours.
It was this trip from Robin Hood Airplane terminal which was debilitated by the conclusion of the runways.
He had been trading messages with Insane Hues on January 6 at the point when he sent the message to all his supporters which incited the prosecution.
Today’s judgment incited wrath from VIPs what’s more, journalists who had upheld Chambers’ cause on Twitter.
Comedian David Mitchell contended Chambers had been ‘punished for flippancy’, Gatekeeper essayist Dr Ben Goldacre called the decision ‘staggeringly stupid’ what’s more, Father Ted maker Graham Linehan commented: ‘The law is an ass’. 
Writer what’s more, brodcaster Stephen Fry, a noticeable Twitter user, tweeted that he was cheerful to pay Chambers’ fine.
‘My offer still stands,’ composed the QI host. ‘Whatever they fine you, I’ll pay.’
Chambers’ lost claim comes after Tory councilor Graham Compton was captured what’s more, safeguarded over a message on his private Twitter account calling for a Muslim daily paper journalist to be stoned to death.

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