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    Accountant used Twitter to threaten to blow up airport - Telegraph

    Interesting case really. On one hand I can see how the comment was a joke. However, it could very easily be misconstrued due to the inherent inability of text to show what the mood of the person was at the time. ie. Imagine that man shouting that angrily down a phone, or now imagine he was a comedian saying the joke on stage. The latter wouldn't lead to an arrest, the first would.

    The problem here is that the court would have needed to prove mens rea, a 'guilty mind'. This this could be via 1 of 5 different ways. In this case, they could very easily have shown that a reasonable person could have found his behaviour threatening, showing either criminal negligence or recklessness.

    To be honest, you'd have to be pretty dumb to post a comment like that these days.

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    I wonder what would have happened had he added 'joking' to the post?

    Taking it to court was more than was necessary in this case. I'd've been a little more sympathetic if they'd just issued him a caution.

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    Mr Bennett (the judge) said: "I am therefore satisfied, so that I am sure, that the defendant sent the message via Twitter and it was of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live."

    Do all terrorist keep their twitter up to date??

    Have the intelligence agencies missed a trick again.



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