Facebook user convicted for homophobic online abuse

06/07/2017

A Facebook user has been given a suspended jail sentence, handed a seven year restraining order and ordered to pay £300 costs after he admitted posting homophobic comments online.

Hugh Abercrombie, 42, was a member of a public Facebook page; as was the victim.

Between 21 October and 23 October 2016, the defendant made a number of derogatory and homophobic remarks directed at the victim, which included threatening to kill him.

The comments were totally unfounded and upset the victim who reported the matter to the police.

The defendant was arrested and he pleaded guilty to sending a communication conveying a threatening message and sentenced on 6 July 2017 at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 10 weeks imprisonment, which was increased by two weeks due to the homophobic nature of the offence, suspended for a period of 12 weeks.