Paul Chambers acquitted after two-and-a-half years

Airport bomb tweet defendant wins Twitter Joke Trial appeal

The man found guilty of sending a tweet threatening to blow up an airport has been acquitted by the High Court.

Known as the Twitter Joke Trial, Paul Chambers was found guilty of sending the tweet, aimed at Robin Hood airport, in May 2010.

After a hearing in the High Court in London two-and-a-half years later his conviction has been quashed.

"I am relieved, vindicated – it is ridiculous it ever got this far. I want to thank everyone who has helped, including everyone on Twitter," commented Chambers.

The message Chambers originally tweeted read: "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!"

The court today found that the tweet’s joking nature was obvious, with the judge stating: "If the person or persons who receive or read it, [the message] or may reasonably be expected to receive, or read it, would brush it aside as a silly joke, or a joke in bad taste, or empty bombastic or ridiculous banter, then it would be a contradiction in terms to describe it as a message of a menacing character."

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