The legislation, brought forward under Tony Blair's Labour government in 2003, states that a person is guilty of an offense if they "send by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character" or "cause any such message or matter to be so sent." It adds: "A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both."
A Muslim witness told the court that Mr. Bennett's comments could be a "potential tool for radicalisation."
The judge said his comments ran "the risk of stirring up racial hatred in the present climate" and sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 180 hours unpaid work. The judge added: "Your remarks damaged the community in which you live, and it's the community that you must repay."
So Judge, who is to repay the Forces community, who still mourn the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, under these insidious laws that prevent us, families of victims, shouting out against these atrocities that your rulings appears to suggests never happen?