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Accused denies sending offensive Twitter messages

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

By jason evans

A MAN has appeared in court charged with posting offensive or menacing messages on social media site Twitter.

Ricky Lee Davies, 20, denied two charges under the Malicious Communications Act when he appeared before Swansea Magistrates Court.

The court was told Davies accepted he had posted the messages, but that they were not meant to be offensive.

Solicitor Dan Herd said the case would revolve around his client's "mens rhea" — a legal term meaning guilty mind — and the time he sent them.

He said: "The defence is that the defendant did not intend his words to be offensive to the person to whom they related."

Davies, of St Leger Crescent, in St Thomas, Swansea, pleaded not guilty to two counts of sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or of a menacing character, in February this year during the brief hearing.

Matters were adjourned to January 28, 2013, for trial, and Davies was granted unconditional bail.

Chairwoman of the bench, Sarah Bishop, directed that both prosecution and defence should submit their legal arguments to the court in relation to the case in writing by January 7.

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