Online racist fined for posting abuse to Scottish Minister, Humza Yousaf
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Friday February 12 2016
On 14 November 2015, Garry David, 42, told Mr Yousaf on Facebook to “get to [sic] f*** out of my country.”
Prosecutor Azrah Yousaf told Dunfermline Sheriff Court that Mr Yousaf had received a number of racist messages on Facebook following the atrocities, including messages sent by Mr David.
One of the messages written by Mr David stated: “F*** you, your name tells me everything I need to know about you.”
In a second post, Mr David told Mr Yousaf, who was born in Scotland, to “get to [sic] f*** out of my country.” He also called him a “smelly P*** b******.”
In one comment referring to Muslims, David said that it was “disgraceful how we lie down to their way of life”.
Mr David admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner towards Mr Yousaf on 14 November. He was fined £700 by Sheriff Craig McSherry.
In recent months, Mr Yousaf has suffered a spate of racial and religious abuse on social media. In December last year, a man was fined £500 after he admitted sending Mr Yousaf a tweet in March 2015 that said: “Your [sic] a p***. Don’t tell us white guys what we can and can’t do.”
In June last year, a man who subjected Mr Yousaf to racist abuse as he took part in a charity event raising funds for the homeless outside Glasgow’s Queen Street station received a community service sentence for committing a racist offence and for being in breach of the peace.
Earlier this month, a Scottish National Party councillor was suspended by the party and then resigned from his position for allegedly sending Islamophobic text messages to a female Muslim colleague, which included Islamophobic abuse directed at Mr Yousaf. Referring to Mr Yousaf’s visit to refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, the text message read: “And Muslim politicians in the UK have a duty to speak out and educate. That should be their number one priority, not staged photos taking refugees off boats and writing patronising messages of support. Had to unfollow that c***.”