Paul Chambers: Twitter Joke Trial Heading to High Court

When trainee accountant Paul Chambers jokingly posted a message on Twitter – in which he threatened to blow up Robin Hood Airport – back in January, I don’t think he actually realized he would be facing a conviction and a possible High Court appeal.

According to a recent report over at The Press Association, 26-year old Chambers was found guilty of sending a menacing electronic communication back in May of this year, but has now announced that he is prepared to take his “Twitter Joke Trial” to the High Court.

Chambers said that he sent the message – which read: “C**p! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!” – to his Twitter followers out of frustration, after hearing that the airport was closed due to snow.

Despite launching an appeal to clear his name over the joke tweet, it was rejected by Judge Jacqueline Davies at Doncaster Crown Court earlier this month. Speaking about his High Court challenge, Chambers said that he is appealing the decision as best as he can.

You can read more of this story by visiting The Press Association. What do you think of Paul Chambers’ conviction and appeal? We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.