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Man cleared of obscene Girls Aloud 'net article

Man charged with describing a violent fantasy on the net is found not guilty
Man charged with describing a violent fantasy on the net is found not guilty

A man charged with posting an internet article fantasising about killing Girls Aloud has been found not guilty.

Darren Walker wrote a 12 page article detailing a fantasy about kidnapping and murdering the popular girl group on a specialist fan site.

However he was cleared of publishing an obscene article by Judge Esmond Faulks when it was deemed that only users specifically seeking the article could read it.

Walker has apparently lost his job since the arrest in February 2008 and removed the article from the site.

No intention

Tim Owen, who was defending Mr Walker, said: "It was never his intention to frighten or intimidate the members of Girls Aloud. He had written what he had described as an adult celebrity parody and was only meant to be for an audience of like-minded people.

"This type of writing is widely available on the internet in an unregulated and uncensored form. In terms of its alleged obscenity, it is frankly no better or worse than other articles."

Via BBC News

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis

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Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.