Scotland: Man put on trial for engaging in free speech on the Internet
A supermarket worker who set up an internet website which had undertones of racism and homophobia has narrowly escaped a jail sentence.
Andrew Love, of Falkirk, mocked blacks, muslims, homosexuals, the disabled and other minority groups.
In a case believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, Love, 22, pleaded guilty to a charge of racially aggravated breach of the peace.
He was sentenced Love to carry out 160 hours of community service.
Sheriff William Gallacher described the offence as "disgraceful conduct, very serious and unpleasant" and said he had "reached the stage of considering a custodial sentence".
He said he had been swayed not to jail Love by the fact he had no previous convictions and had pled guilty at an early opportunity.
The charge stated Love produced and managed an internet website that contained material of a nature that was racist, derogatory and insulting to ethnic minority groups, disabled people and homosexuals.
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