Freedom of speech row as blogger faces jail for calling councillor a c*** on Twitter (The Daily Mail)
Monday April 16th, 2012
A blogger who called a local politician a 'c***' on Twitter sparked a row over freedom of speech after being convicted of sending the offensive remark.
John Graham Kerlan who blogs under the name Olly Cromwell, faces jail after Councillor Melvyn Seymour complained.
Kerlan, who was attacking Bexley Council in south east London, posted an image of Mr Seymour's house, as well as a tweet saying: 'Which c*** lives in a house like this. Answers on a postcard to #bexleycouncil.'
[...]Mr Kerlen was arrested after a complaint from the councillor in question, and was charged with an offence under Section 127 of the Telecommunications Act 2003.
And in a case which could have huge legal repercussions for Twitter and its millions of users, Kerlen was convicted of the offence by Greenwich magistrates and now faces a possible jail term.