You may remember Darryn Walker. He was the 35-year-old UK civil servant who posted a graphic Sickfic story on the Internet in which the singers in the group Girls Aloud were kidnapped, tortured, raped, and mutilated. He was arrested and charged with violating the Obscene Publications Act. Yesterday he was acquitted on all charges.
Walker's lawyer Tim Owen told reporters that "the effect of this prosecution on Mr Walker has been devastating. He has lost his job and has not managed to get further employment. Hopefully he can now recommence his life. […] It was never his intention to frighten or intimidate the members of Girls Aloud."
Owen said Walker wrote the story as "an adult celebrity parody" and that it was only meant "for an audience of like-minded people."
Can you imagine what those "like-minded people" must be like?
(Thanks to PM Rommel for alerting me to the news)