A former civil servant who wrote an internet article imagining the kidnap and murder of the pop group Girls Aloud has been cleared of obscenity.
Darryn Walker, 35, of South Shields, South Tyneside, was charged under the Obscene Publications Act after the blog appeared on a fantasy pornography site.
He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, but was cleared on Monday.
His defence argued that the article was not accessible, and could only be found by those looking for specific material.
This is a really interesting decision, and one that I’m very surprised at.