Karsten v Wood Green Crown Court

Criminal law – Telephone. The appellant appealed by way of case stated against his conviction for sending a menacing message by a telecommunications network. The Divisional Court, in allowing the appeal, held that, although there had been ample grounds for the defendant court to conclude that the identification of the appellant's voice had been reliable, there had been no threat expressed or implied in the words used, nor had they demonstrated the requisite mental element to menace.

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