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Girls Aloud 'porn' blog trial set

Girls Aloud
The prosecution is being brought under obscenity laws

A civil servant from South Tyneside has appeared in court over a blog which detailed the kidnap, torture and murder of the pop group Girls Aloud.

Darryn Walker, 35, of Mowbray Road, South Shields, is accused of writing and posting the "Girls (Scream) Aloud" story on a fantasy pornography site.

He is charged under the Obscene Publications Act.

No pleas were entered at the hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday. A trial was set for 16 March.

Walker was granted unconditional bail until the trial.

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