Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tom Daley: No Charge

“On 30 July 2012 Daniel Thomas, a semi-professional footballer, posted a homophobic message on the social networking site, Twitter. This related to the Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield. This became available to his “followers”. Someone else distributed it more widely and it made its way into some media outlets. Mr Thomas was arrested and interviewed. The matter was then referred to CPS Wales to consider whether Mr Thomas should be charged with a criminal offence...
"This was, in essence, a one-off offensive Twitter message, intended for family and friends, which made its way into the public domain. It was not intended to reach Mr Daley or Mr Waterfield, it was not part of a campaign, it was not intended to incite others and Mr Thomas removed it reasonably swiftly and has expressed remorse. Against that background, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wales, Jim Brisbane, has concluded that on a full analysis of the context and circumstances in which this single message was sent, it was not so grossly offensive that criminal charges need to be brought..."

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Full statement on the CPS website.
Daniel Thomas had tweeted; "If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go bum each other #teamHIV"
Thomas - who is clearly as thick as he is homophobic - had claimed someone else had sent the message after his phone was left unattended.
Some gay media went big on this story - mainly I guess as they could put "Tom Daley" and "gay" in a sentence without fearing a libel case (though note, Tom asked that there be no prosecution).
 can go bum each other in the shower #tera"If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV."

Read the full story on Sports Mole at: http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/diving/team-gb/olympics/news/homophobic-abuse-towards-daley-was-prank_37422.html
"If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV."

Read the full story on Sports Mole at: http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/diving/team-gb/olympics/news/homophobic-abuse-towards-daley-was-prank_37422.html

"If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV."

Read the full story on Sports Mole at: http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/diving/team-gb/olympics/news/homophobic-abuse-towards-daley-was-prank_37422.html

8 comments:

  1. In more interesting news, here is a photo of Tom Daley,... Russell Tovey!!!... and.... HARRY STYLES!!!!

    https://twitter.com/i/#!/TomDaley1994/media/slideshow?url=http%3A%2F%2Fyfrog.com%2Fkey6vzqj

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    1. Russell Tovey looks very pleased with himself to be in a middle of a Tom and Harry sandwich.

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  2. Poor Tom. He looks so haunted, almost as if he knows the love of his life is out there waiting for him - somewhere - perhaps in a rundown flat in Brighton... :(

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  3. No-one likes living with their mother-in-law

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  4. Time to get that paintbrush out, girlfriend! You just know Tom likes a clean environment to come home to...

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  5. And I just hate your 'captchas'. I think a quick Mensa test might be easier...

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    1. Do you have to do Captchas?
      I don't see them, and if so it's Blogspot not me.

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  6. Aha! Thanks for clarifying... like butter.

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