A former civil servant who wrote an internet article imagining the kidnap and murder of the pop group Girls Aloud has been cleared of obscenity.
Darryn Walker, 35, of South Shields, South Tyneside, was charged under the Obscene Publications Act after the blog appeared on a fantasy pornography site.
He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, but was cleared on Monday.
His defence argued that the article was not accessible, and could only be found by those looking for specific material.
Mr Walker's 12-page blog - Girls (Scream) Aloud - was brought to the attention of police by the Internet Watch Foundation, an organisation for the public and IT professionals which polices potentially obscene material.
A victory for blogging! Now the public know that we are fucking mentalist psychos!
Or is the smear/spin machine being geared up to attack the blogosphere?