A man has been convicted of a malicious communication charge after he posted vile and derogatory comments about another man on a blog. Royden Jones to be sentenced on Wednesday over grossly offensive comments he made about complainant and his family.
The blog concerned the former Bryn Estyn children’s home in Wrexham , which has been at the centre of an abuse inquiry.
Defendant Royden Jones, 53, of Third Avenue in Llay near Wrexham, denied that on April 20 last year that he wrote a blog which was grossly offensive, or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing nature.
He was convicted and sentence was adjourned to Wrexham magistrates’ court on Wednesday. Flintshire magistrates ‘ court at Mold heard how Jones – who was allowed to sit with a community psychiatric nurse in court – and the complainant, had been “embroiled in a complex dispute for a number of years”.
The prosecution said that the blog contained grossly offensive and sickening comments of a derogatory nature about the complainant and his family.
It was posted last April and the police were called in. An investigation showed that the blog had been created using an IP address at the defendant’s home. In a statement read to the court, the complainant told how he discovered the blog via a link to Twitter.
He told how he had been receiving online abuse since 2013 but last year’s blog posting was particularly upsetting because inappropriate and unjustified comments had been made about his family. The author knew a lot about him and his background, the complainant said, and clearly had a grudge against him.
Jones in interview denied that he was responsible for the blog.
He accepted that the IP address and other internet details were registered to his address. The defendant said that he knew of the blog, had accessed it a dozen times but said that he had only shared it privately and not publicly.
Jones was not called to give evidence but it was submitted on his behalf that the bench could not be sure it was him who had posted the offending material.
He had fully co-operated with the police, he did not know who created the post but it was not him, the defence argued.
Magistrates said that they found the case proved and Jones was bailed to appear at Wrexham for sentence on Wednesday.