Facebook fiend spared jail
A MAN who wrote on Facebook “all soldiers should die and go to hell” after six British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan has been spared jail.
Azhar Ahmed, 20, admitted posting the message two days after the deaths of the servicemen in March.
Ahmed told a trial at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court he did not think what he had written was offensive.
But the remarks were described as “derogatory, disrespectful and inflammatory” by a district judge who found him guilty of sending a grossly offensive communication.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, was killed alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21.
District Judge Jane Goodwin said: “I’m satisfied it was grossly offensive.”
Ahmed, of Dewsbury, west Yorkshire was given a two-year community order with 240 hours of community service and ordered to pay £300 in costs.