Any regular readers of this blog might remember a couple of articles about Paul Chambers. He jokingly sent a tweet threatening to blow up Robin Hood airport amid closures due to snow in January 2010, and was subsequently convicted in May 2011 for sending a “menacing electronic communication”.
Well it looks like he might have another chance to clear his name now that two judges in the High Court have ordered a new appeal hearing. After Mr Chambers was found guilty by Doncaster Magistrates an initial appeal was dismissed by a judge.
Chambers, from Doncaster, now living in Northern Ireland, said that the whole thing was a joke and that he never thought anyone would take it seriously. However, he was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 in costs.
His plight did not go unnoticed, with celebrity Twitter users such as Charlie Brooker, Stephen Fry and Al Murray coming out to defend him and raise money to pay the legal fees.
Chambers’ legal representative said that the new appeal, which is to be held before three judges, it yet to receive a date.