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Twitter bomb hoax causes High Court split

29th May 2012

A new appeal hearing is to take place for a case concerning an incident in which a man ‘joked’ that he was going to blow up an airport.

Paul Chambers put an apparently threatening message on the microblogging service Twitter in January 2010 when the Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster was closed because of heavy snow.

The passenger, who claims that his tweet was only intended to be an amusing outlet for his frustration at not being able to make his planned plane journey, challenged his conviction in February. His appeal could not be settled, however, as High Court judges holding two of the most senior London lawyer jobs disagreed on whether Mr Chambers’ post amounted to him being a menace to society.

According to a representative of the appellant, this split decision is a landmark and possibly only the second of its kind so far in the 21st century. No date has yet been finalised for the next hearing.