Man Guilty of Offensive Posting toward Fallen

Man who posted a Facebook message after the deaths of six British troops that read "all soldiers should die and go to hell" has been found guilty of a grossly offensive communication.

Azhar Ahmed, 20, admitted posting the message in March, but told Huddersfield Magistrates Court he thought it was distressing but not offensive.

District Judge Jane Goodwin said Ahmed's Facebook remarks were "derogatory, disrespectful and inflammatory".

After the trial, Ahmed left the court by a side door and sped off in a waiting car.

He avoided a demonstration of about 30 people, some wearing English Defence League branded clothing and one flying a Union flag. Demonstrators were outnumbered by police.

Ahmed was bailed after the judge said she wanted a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He is due to be sentenced on October 9. Earlier, the judge heard he posted his message two days after the soldiers' deaths.

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, was killed with Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, and privates Anthony Frampton, 20, Christopher Kershaw, 19, Daniel Wade, 20, and Daniel Wilford, 21.

Ahmed's message read: "People gassin about the deaths of Soldiers! What about the innocent familys who have been brutally killed ... All soldiers should DIE & go to HELL! THE LOWLIFE F****N SCUM!"

Ahmed told the court he received critical comments on his page and realised the second half of his post was "unacceptable".

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