Man jailed for Islamophobic Facebook threats
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Wednesday February 21 2018
Andrew Littlefair, who posted several threats against Muslims on Facebook, has been found guilty by Teesside Crown Court.
The court heard that Mr. Littlefair posted a series of “vile” messages over the course of a four-hour drunken rant on the morning after the Borough Bridge attack in London on the 4th of June 2017.
Mr. Littlefair called for the burning of mosques and labelled Islam a “disgusting disease”.
Messages included: “Give me bullets for my gun, I will shoot every bastard one”.
Another message said “Kick um out wipe them out kill them all”.
Mr. Littlefair also refused to remove the messages after complaints were raised by a woman, which eventually resulted in her contacting the police.
The court also heard that the defendant used another fake Facebook account, after the incident, to post an “apology” for being “a white Christian who has values for life”, the defendant added that “my views on this will nvr [sic] change”.
The defending Barrister, Robert Mochrie, called Mr. Littlefair a “keyboard warrior” and said: “He doesn’t have the intelligence frankly to be able to express himself in a more careful way” and that the posts were “nothing more than utter stupidity, mumbling nonsense”.
However, the Judge, Simon Bourne-Arton QC, disagreed.
Judge Bourne-Arton QC said that: “They [the terror attacks in Manchester and London] went to the very heart of democracy, they were appalling events and of course they resulted in a lot of ill-feeling towards certain sections of society and a lot of emotion”.
The Judge added that “it was a time for people to be calm in the truest traditions of this country, it did not require people like you to stir up racial hatred”.
Mr. Littlefair was prosecuted under Section 19/29C of the Public Order Act 1986 for “publishing/distributing written material which is threatening/abusive/insulting with intent/likely to stir up racial hatred”.
Recent years have witnessed the exponential rise in online hate crime.
It is important that anyone who believes they are in immediate danger from a prejudice-based hate crime should contact the police as soon as possible on 999. If not in immediate danger, or if you have suffered a prejudice-based hate crime in the past, then you can report it using the non-emergency number 101.
You can also – in addition to the police – report any Islamophobic hate crime to MEND’s Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) here. This allows us to monitor levels of abuse and compile accurate data on the levels of Islamophobia.
The IRU can also help you contact and deal with the police (if you choose to do so), and signpost you towards free legal advice and emotional support that may be available.