A man who wrote an article detailing the fictional kidnap and murder of British pop band Girls Aloud has been cleared of an obscenity charge.
Darryn Walker, 35, from South Shields, England penned a 12-page story, titled Girls (Scream) Aloud, describing the kidnap, rape, and murder of band members Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.
He posted the story on a fantasy porn website and was later arrested and charged under the Obscene Publications Act.
But the former civil servant walked free from Newcastle Crown Court on Monday (29Jun09) after prosecutors dropped the charge.
The decision came after experts told lawyers the story was not easily accessible on the Internet and could only be found by users looking for specific material of that nature.
Walker's lawyer Tim Owen QC told the court, "It was never his intention to frighten or intimidate the members of Girls Aloud. He had written what he had described as an adult celebrity parody and was only meant to be for an audience of like-minded people."