Friday, October 06, 2006

A man who posted racist messages on a website set up in memory of murdered black teen Anthony Walker has been jailed for two years and eight months

BBC News:

Neil Martin, 30, of Maghull, posted the offensive remarks just days after the 18-year-old student was killed with an ice axe in Huyton, Merseyside.

He pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to publishing material intended or likely to stir up racial hatred.

The teenager was murdered in McGoldrick Park in Huyton on 29 July 2005.

At an earlier hearing before South Sefton magistrates, Martin was also convicted of 33 counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child.

At the hearing on Friday he was jailed for a further six months for downloading the indecent images.

Judge Henry Globe QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, told Martin he had "trespassed and intruded on the grief of the Walker family".

"The intention of the website was innocent, honourable and well motivated," he said.

"You accessed that website and you abused its use. You posted highly abusive, insulting and racist messages on the site."

The judge said there were at least six messages posted on the website, but that he did not want to repeat the content.

More evidence that political correctness and free speech cannot coexist.


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