Stevenage man denies ‘grossly offensive Twitter abuse’ of US President Donald Trump
- Credit: Archant
A Stevenage man has appeared in court accused of sending a ‘grossly offensive’ tweet to Donald Trump.
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’ – but a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service told the Comet that prosecutors could not at this stage give further details about its content.
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 on Wednesday.
You may also want to watch:
He has elected to have a summary trial and has been bailed unconditionally, with the next hearing set for July 13 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.
- 1 Closure order for Hitchin bungalow following anti-social behaviour
- 2 Why grass in Stevenage and North Herts public areas isn't cut
- 3 Surprise care home inspection finds residents at risk
- 4 Demolition work begins on former Matalan site to make way for flats
- 5 'Music legends' Aswad impress at LGC Live event in town centre
- 6 New mental health unit earmarked for Stevenage
- 7 Some bus services set to change to 'build on great network'
- 8 Two people taken to hospital with serious injuries after Clothall Road crash
- 9 A family affair and club history make it a special day for Letchworth
- 10 Officers investigating vehicle interferences urge victims to come forward