Kevin John Emery of Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, who was 53 at the time, admitted harassment via an Internet website and in text messages.
The prosecution informed the Court that Emery had posted a series of “offensive” messages about McGuinness, resulting in the Court fining Emery £165 and ordering him to pay £100 court costs.
Speaking after the trial Emery said the Court misunderstood the situation, and the use of the term,”messageboard,” was inaccurate, “There were no message board messages per se, but a glitch in wordpress where drafts saved were published without my knowledge,” he said, “These were deleted immediately I became aware, and were not intended to be offensive, just state the facts for my own reference.”
Emery was also subjected to a restraining order under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 preventing him from mentioning McGuinness directly or by implication on any website, and barring Emery from contacting McGuinness by any means. The case highlighted the problem of lack of awareness of technology in the judiciary and the perceived misuse of such information asymmetry by law enforcement officials. No complaint was reported as being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the trial.