Cuckolded plumber's case may redefine free speech

A plumber who used a series of web sites to make his wandering wife's life a misery says his legal case could have serious legal implications for freedom of speech online.

Ian Puddick used Twitter and other social networking sites to 'vent his anger' over his wife's alleged ten-year affair with her boss.

The 41-year-old plumber from East London is currently on trail for harassment after forcing the un-named company director to quit his job as a result of the stress caused by his allegations.

Calling the case "an appalling abuse of power," the plumber told the Guardian, "It is a very, very interesting story. I wish it was happening to somebody else and not me," he said. "But there are obviously big legal implications for the press and for the public. I've stood my ground."

Much of the case will revolve around why the City of London Police decided a cuckolded plumber sounding off online about his wife's affair with her boss warranted having his back doors kicked in by the serious Crimes Squad who raided his home and office in search of evidence.

The case could redefine what can and can't be said online and could have serious implications for an open Internet and free speech in general.

High profile cases involving celebrity super-injunctions have recently put the regulation of Twitter and the rest of the Internet under a spotlight, but some legal experts believe this case could redefine what you can and can't say on-line.