Blogger faces jail after guilty verdict in Bexley twitter trial

18:24 17 April 2012

John Michael Kerlen was convicted at Bexley Magistrates Court

John Michael Kerlen was convicted at Bexley Magistrates Court

Archant

A blogger faces up to six months in prison after being found guilty of posting offensive tweets about a Bexley councillor.

John Graham Kerlen, who blogs under the name Sir Olly C, was convicted at Bexley Magistrates Court on Friday (13).

He pleaded not guilty in a hearing at the same court on March 15.

The 37-year-old, who runs the blog www.youve-been-cromwelled.org, was found guilty of sending a grossly offensive and menacing message over a public communications network under the communications act.

The conviction relates to a tweet Kerlen posted about Crayford Conservative councillor Melvin Seymour last October.

In January, Kerlen, of Millwards, Essex, was found not guilty of harassment for the same tweets after the prosecution offered no evidence.

He had already been prevented from blogging about the case and Bexley councillors following a restraining order issued last December.

A Bexley council statement said: “The council supports the decision of the court in this case.

“The council is totally supportive of freedom of expression and legitimate political debate, however we are of the view that Mr Kerlen’s actions went beyond the limits of what is acceptable and reasonable in terms of freedom of expression.”

Kerlen has been granted bail and will be sentenced at Bromley Magistrates Court on May 9.

He has indicated he will appeal following sentencing.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Police would like to identify this man (Picture: Met Police)

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in broad daylight on a route 85 bus in Wandsworth and police are now appealing for help to find her attacker.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Two teenagers were stabbed in a knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night.

A knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night left two teenagers in hospital with serious stab wounds.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The child and man were found dead in Colville Square, Notting Hill

A mother from Notting Hill has denied murdering her boyfriend and four-year-old daughter at their west London home.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Do you recognise this man? (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Detectives are looking for the man in this CCTV picture after a man was viciously attacked with a belt on Brick Lane.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
A body is removed from Picardy house on Cedar Road in Enfield (Sophie Halle-Richards/PA Wire)

A man who was shot dead by police in Enfield after allegedly wielding a firearm in a block of flats has been named as James Fox.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The victim was attacked at a home on Shrewsbury Road (Photo: Goolge StreetView)

A murder investigation is underway after a man was killed in a fight at a home in Shrewsbury Hill yesterday.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more