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April Jones: Man Sentenced For Facebook Posts
An 18-year-old man has been given a six-week suspended sentence for making offensive comments on Facebook about missing girl April Jones.
Sam Busby, a sales adviser from Worcester, was arrested by police after posting grossly offensive sexual remarks on the social networking site.
The teenager pleaded guilty to sending an indecent and offensive message brought under the 2003 Communications Act.
"He told the police that he was an immature teenager and it was an attempt to get some attention," prosecutor Kerry Lovegrove told magistrates in Worcester.
Solicitor Belinda Arris, defending, said Busby felt extremely sorry and ashamed, and was now likely to lose his job.
"He's so, so sorry, he has closed down his Facebook account and no longer engages in any social networking," she said.
Magistrates said they had taken into account Busby's early guilty plea and remorse, as they handed him six-week jail term suspended for 18 months.
In a separate case, another Facebook user was recently given a 12-week jail term for a similar offence where comments were made about the five-year-old.
Police are continuing their search for April more than a month after she disappeared in the Welsh town of Machynlleth. She was last seen on October 1.
Mark Bridger, 46, has been charged with abduction and murder.
Ms Lovegrove told the court that Busby's initial post on Facebook was a "joke" about April obtained from another website.
Although other Facebook users urged Busby to stop, he went on to write more offensive comments, prompting a woman to contact police.
After his arrest, Busby said he had been responsible for the comments, and told officers he thought they could only be seen by his friends on Facebook.
Magistrates also ordered Busby to pay an £80 victim surcharge and keep to a 7pm to 7am curfew for eight weeks.
what do you think?
suspended , so basically told him off waste of time
why do people think they can be abusive over the net and nothing can come of it? why do people ignore their basic human decency when it comes to facebook?
i know they swear on facebook and.use really bad language. it really is bad sometimes.
An 18 year old man? Huh! Totally disgusting leaving vile comments at the expense of a defenceless child that's probably met a dreadful end!
Would he have made the same comments if it was his sister I don't think so give him a custodial sentence and ban him from using thee internet for 5 years
I see they dealt with him pretty quickly. Perhaps they can deal with the real culprit equally as fast.
I think it's disgusting, what he put but in the grand scale of things I've seen posts and groups on Facebook which directly insult race colour, religion, sex and so on and yet nothing is done to stop those people posting. I think name and shame is good enough but wasting tax payers money on bringing idiots like that to trial is stupid, I'm sure if he had made the same comments in about ,2 years nothing would have been done. Sad I know but how I feel society is nowadays
I agree with you. Internet verbal abuse is the easiest form of bullying to avoid and ignore. It also highlights the perpertators as the most cowardly form of bully.
AGAIN SOFT BRITISH JUSTICE,,,a slap on the wrist.what chance have we of turning britain around.when this idiot gets a 6 week suspended sentance.and the limbs in the loch killer recieves 5.000£ compo because his appeal was taking to long......JUST SHOT ME....
Facebook should be shut down.it brings more misery than good.just another way to abuse people.