Andover man charged over abusive tweet

24/08/2012

A 33-year-old man of Berry Way, Andover has been charged with an offence under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 following the sending of an abusive Twitter message directed at a former Portsmouth footballer.

Stacey Turner, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex Daytime Charging Unit, said: "We have today authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Matthew Smith, aged 33, with an offence under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. This follows the posting of an abusive message on Twitter on August, 6, 2012, directed at a professional football player who at the time the message was sent played for Portsmouth Football club.

"We have carefully considered the evidence provided to us by the police and are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute Matthew Smith with this offence."

The defendant will appear at Andover Magistrates' Court on 27 September.

Notes to editors:

The maximum sentence in relation to this charge is a term not exceeding six months' imprisonment or to a fine not exceeding level 5, or to both.