Thursday, 13 June 2013

Online Comments On Woolwich Terror Attack Land Man In Jail

A user of social media site Facebook has been sent to prison for online comments he posted regarding the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London.
Benjamin Flatters, 22, from Lincoln, was sentenced to 14 days in prison for malicious communications.

Flatters learned of the judge’s decision at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
His arrest came after members of the public alerted police to the content he had written on the website, which was perceived as potentially inciting racial hatred.

Rigby, 25, was killed on May 22 – the two main suspects of his murder are Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22. Both men claim to have committed the act out of religious beliefs.

Lincolnshire Police said they would treat any comments made online as serious, which would lead to “robust action” in cases that breach the law.

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