In the landmark case, know as the “Girls (Scream) Aloud” case, in which Darryn Walker was tried for writing a horror/horrific story about the famous group, he has been found not guilty.
The case was hailed as a major test for internet censorship in the same was as Lady Chatterley’s lover was. The case, which started in 2008 was, initially, due to be heard earlier in the year, but was pushed back until today.
Tim Owen QC, defending,stated that “It was never his [Mr Walker’s] 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.
“As soon as he was aware of the upset and fuss that had been created, he took steps himself to take the article off the website….This type of writing is widely available on the Internet in an unregulated and uncensored form.”
Mr Owen also stated that “In terms of its alleged obscenity, it is frankly no better or worse than other articles.”
Judge Esmond Faulks formally returned a not guilty verdict to the charge of publishing an obscene article.