Charges dropped against man arrested for texting the score

Dobson0_2793684bEarlier this year we told you about the 22 year old British man who was arrested at the 2014 Australian Open for reporting tennis scores to a betting agency.

The charges against him have now been dropped after the absurdity of his arrest was finally realised.

The allegation was that that man’s decision to text information about a game to the online sports company Sporting Data amounted to conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome. He was sending the information in an attempt to beat the latency associated with the broadcast of the match.

While it’s a win for freedom of speech that the charges have been dropped, it’s absurd that he was arrested in the first place.

As barrister David Galbally QC commented:

“There was no evidence at all for this matter,” he said. “Right from the start this case has been fundamentally flawed.”

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