Edward Chandler had been wrongly accused of flashing at two women outside the Five Bells pub in Wickham, Berks, as a result of Facebook 'gossip'WESSEX NEWS AGENCY

Flasher conviction quashed because Facebook village gossip undermined fair trial

A loner accused of chasing two women through a village while exposing himself has had his conviction quashed because residents had shared his image and gossiped about him on Facebook.

Edward Chandler had been wrongly  accused of flashing at two women outside the Five Bells pub in Wickham, Berks, as a result of Facebook 'gossip'WESSEX NEWS AGENCY
Edward Chandler had been wrongly accused of flashing at two women outside the Five Bells pub in Wickham, Berks, as a result of Facebook ‘gossip’

A Crown Court judge ruled that the prosecution of 22-year-old Edward Chandler had been prejudiced by villagers showing his photograph to his alleged victims and spreading rumours about him online before his trial.

It comes after the Attorney General issued warnings that people using social media to comment on criminal cases could harm a defendant’s right to a fair trial. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: Telegraph

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