UK: Mast-activist en stralingsslachtoffer vrijgesproken voor belediging Londense burgemeester.
woensdag, 19 januari 2011 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal
Paul Cheston, 48, bestookte Burgemeester Boris Johnson met meer dan 30 e-mails nadat hij door een in de nabijheid van zijn woning geplaatste mast gezondheidsproblemen kreeg, onder meer hoofdpijn en slapeloosheid. In hoger beroep werd hij vrijgesproken voor de beledigende e-mails die hij verzond na ontvangst van automatisch gegenereerde antwoorden. Inmiddels is de zendmast verwijderd. Het kantoor van de burgemeester weigert ieder commentaar:
Bron: The Evening Standard 14 jan. 2011
TfL mast campaigner wins appeal over his email tirade at 'corrupt' Boris Johnson
Paul Cheston, Courts Correspondent
An anti-mast campaigner who admits calling Boris Johnson a “w****r, corrupt and a scoundrel” has won an appeal against his conviction over an email campaign.
Bryan Haven, 48, was convicted in April last year of causing “annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety” after bombarding the Mayor's office with more than 30 emails in protest at a bus communications mast Transport for London erected outside his home in Streatham.
He was given community service and a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting Mr Johnson.
Haven had complained via the TfL website that after the 60ft mast went up he had started suffering headaches and nausea and could not sleep. He said he tried to contact the Mayor but only received an automatic reply, and admitted that subsequent emails may have been “a bit spicy”.
Court papers refer to an email “which conveyed a threat, namely without reasonable compensation the sender would be happy to destroy the few remaining ragged tatters of the intended recipient's reputation”. The appeal was first due to be heard in July last year but was adjourned. A judge then ruled the prosecution should produce evidence showing that Haven had used a “public electronic communications network”.
After a short hearing at Inner London crown court yesterday, in which no evidence was called, Judge Patricia Lees allowed the appeal.
Outside court, Mr Haven said: “It started quite politely. I quite naively thought if they give an email address then it gets a response. It did get a bit spicy… At worst I only called him a w****r, corrupt, and a scoundrel.”
He said the mast had now been removed. Mr Haven was cleared on appeal of making use of a public communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another under the Communications Act 2003.
The Mayor's office declined to comment.
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