Face­book fiend spared jail

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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.

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