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Man Cleared Of Girls Aloud Thought Crime

by | 29th, June 2009

girls-aloudMAN cleared of Girls Aloud Thought Crime against Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

DARRYN Walker has been cleared of committing a thought crime after he wrote an internet article imagining that Girls Aloud – Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh – had been kidnapped, raped, mutilated and murdered.

This is not pictorial matter but the written word. It’s not even a cartoon, doodle or photoshop, all of which can a result in arrest.

Having been charged under the terms of the Obscene Publications Act, Walker appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to argue that the article could only be found by those looking for specific material.

Mr Walker creation, Girls (Scream) Aloud, was shown to police by something called the Internet Watch Foundation, a independent self-regulatory body that seeks to “report potentially illegal online content within our remit and to be the ‘notice and take-down’ body for this content.

This sounds not enough unlike vigilantes policing the web beat, telling you what you can and cannot see.

The Obscene Publications Unit is dedicated to targeting those persons manufacturing and distributing obscene material through a number of sources including shops, mail order, complex distribution networks and the Internet. Particular attention is focused on the most extreme and or exploitative material.

So here is Walker being arrested at his home by officers from the Obscene Publications Unit. It is February 2008.

Almost one and half years later Walker gets to defend himself in court. And he hears David Perry QC, prosecuting, opine:

“A crucial aspect of the reasoning that led to the instigation of these proceedings was that the article in question, which was posted on the internet, was accessible to people who were particularly vulnerable – young people who were interested in a particular pop music group.

“It was this that distinguished this case from other material available on the internet.

“The CPS concluded, with the benefit of counsel’s advice, there was a realistic prospect of conviction.”

So, someone looking for Girls Aloud tickets, say, might see the article, read it and become distressed? They may even be triggered to live out one man’s fantasy and to commit crime?

In court, a consultant psychiatrist opines that it is “baseless” even to suggest that reading the story could turn the readers into a sexual deviant.

“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.”

But then the thought police stepped in and arrested him.

Judge Esmond Faulks listens and returns a not guilty verdict to the charge of publishing an obscene article.

Mr Walker is free to go. He may even be free to think. For now…

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