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Conclusion of the freedom of speech row case

The 'blogger' who attacked a Bexley councillor on 'Twitter' has been sentenced at Bromley Magistrates Court (Wednesday 9th May).

On 13th April Mr K was convicted under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for attacking a Bexley councillor via 'Twitter'. The case has provoked a high level of response from 'Twitter' subscribers due to its association with freedom of speech issues.

The Crown had sought that Mr K receive a custodial sentence, but Rupert Hallowes (defence counsel) secured a sentence of 80 hours unpaid work. Mr K also had a restraining order imposed upon him but in significantly reduced terms to those sought by Bexley Council. Rupert Hallowes obtained a full costs order in respect of the harassment charge against Mr K which had been thrown out. 

Rupert Hallowes was instructed by Aletta Shaw Solicitors.


10 May 2012

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