Stevenage Twitter user to stand trial over ‘grossly offensive abuse’ of US President Donald Trump

17 July, 2017 - 18:02
President Donald Trump speaking in New London, Connecticut, on May 17, 2017. 
Picture: Patrick Kelley/US Coast Guard Headquarters

President Donald Trump speaking in New London, Connecticut, on May 17, 2017. Picture: Patrick Kelley/US Coast Guard Headquarters

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A Stevenage social media user accused of sending a ‘grossly offensive’ tweet to Donald Trump is set to stand trial in September.

Terry Arthur, of The Dell, is alleged to have sent the abusive tweet to the President of the United States through the social media platform Twitter on April 12.

The message has been described in court as being ‘of an indecent or grossly offensive nature for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety’. A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman told the Comet that prosecutors could not at this stage give further details.

Mr Arthur faces a second charge of sending a similarly offensive tweet to a shop called Keen’s Tackle & Guns, based in the south Wales town of Bridgend, on April 18.

The 47-year-old denied both charges when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court in May.

Following a further hearing on Thursday last week, magistrates chaired by Cheryl Wright bailed Mr Arthur unconditionally until September 21 – when he is set to stand trial at the same court.

Mr Trump, who took office as president in January after his surprise victory over Hillary Clinton last November, is himself an avid user of Twitter.

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