Rebecca Penfold Successfully defends in Communications Act offence

26 January 2016

Rebecca Penfold recently secured an acquittal in a case which attracted significant international media attention. The defendant accepted posting a meme which threatened a Canadian university on the notorious ‘4Chan’ website. This meme was near identical to the threat posted immediately prior to the Oregon school shootings in October 2015. The FBI were alerted and the university was shut down, causing significant disruption. The case involved testimony from Canadian Police Forces and legal argument rested upon the requisite mens rea. The case was reported by many international news stations.