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#731591 - 8th Oct 2012 3:58pm Man Admits Offensive Web Posts
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A man has admitted making grossly offensive comments on his Facebook page about missing youngster April Jones.

Matthew Woods, 19, from Chorley, Lancashire, made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing Madeline McCann after getting the idea from Sickipedia - a website that "trades in sick jokes".

He also wrote comments of a sexually explicit nature about the five-year-old who went missing last week from near her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales.

Chorley Magistrates' Court heard members of the public were so upset about his postings that they reported them to the police.

A "vigilante mob" of around 50 people later descended upon his home address in Eaves Lane and the defendant was arrested on Saturday night at a separate address for his own safety.

Martina Jay, prosecuting, said: "When interviewed by police he fully admitted he posted messages about the two missing children.

"He started this idea when he was at a friend's house when drinking, saw a joke on Sickipedia and changed it slightly.

"He said he did it in a bid to make people think his account had been hacked. He said it got out of hand and he was drunk while doing it."

He conceded to police that his Facebook account - available to a large number of people - had not been hacked and that he was responsible for all the postings made on October 3 and 4.

Unemployed Woods entered a guilty plea to sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive.

After meeting his client for the first time, defending solicitor David Edwards told the bench: "What struck me immediately is that the enormity of what he has done has finally sunk in.

"He did seem genuinely remorseful and regretful for what he had done."

The solicitor said Woods explained what had started as a joke had gone wrong.

"His future is uncertain. He does not know whether he can go back to his home address. He fully accepts he was the author of his own misfortune," Mr Edwards added.

He asked for a community service order to be considered but the bench was told that custody could be imposed for anyone who is convicted of using extreme language that causes substantial distress or fear to another.

The bench asked for a pre-sentence report from a probation officer and said it would keep all options open ahead of sentencing, which will take place later.


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#731593 - 8th Oct 2012 4:14pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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shocking!!!! this man is a sicko.

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#731610 - 8th Oct 2012 4:58pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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He got jailed for 12 weeks.

What a sick fool.
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#731634 - 8th Oct 2012 5:38pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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Disgusting despicable scumbag.
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#731638 - 8th Oct 2012 6:13pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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he should of got alot longer than 12 weeks

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#731651 - 8th Oct 2012 7:40pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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Having misplaced my granddaughter in the school playground for two minutes and having my heart stop I cant for the life of me understand these people.What this poor girls family are going through is horrendous and sickos making jokes they can do without.


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#731654 - 8th Oct 2012 7:55pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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Sickipedia owners should be done to. and the took off the web
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#731655 - 8th Oct 2012 7:57pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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iv never heard of this Sickipedia site (and i dont want to read it now i know) so why has it been allowed and not been shut down, it just wrong on all levels
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#731699 - 8th Oct 2012 10:00pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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I agree that his thoughts are sick/vile and will not attempt to justify his thinking.

I will say though that we have freedom of speech, on Facebook you are posting to your friends so it's between them to say if they take offence to it, if he had said it indoors to them he wouldn't be in jail.

Dont agree with people being punished for their views.

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#731714 - 8th Oct 2012 10:43pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: rocks]
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Originally Posted By: rocks
iv never heard of this Sickipedia site (and i dont want to read it now i know) so why has it been allowed and not been shut down, it just wrong on all levels


it's interesting that you hadn't heard of it, let alone looked at it and you want it shut down??

as the above post says...free speech

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#731717 - 8th Oct 2012 10:47pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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i agree mr hanky, its all about free speech.

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#731724 - 8th Oct 2012 10:57pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: dizdazdoz]
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Originally Posted By: dizdazdoz
I agree that his thoughts are sick/vile and will not attempt to justify his thinking.

I will say though that we have freedom of speech, on Facebook you are posting to your friends so it's between them to say if they take offence to it, if he had said it indoors to them he wouldn't be in jail.

Dont agree with people being punished for their views.


Exactly!

In private fair enough, but in the view of public, No!

This lads going to get a lot more punishment due to the media coverage, it would not surprise me if the judge gave him a custodial sentence for his own safety.

Don't forget, Facebook is not only viewable to your friends but it's viewable to the general public.

Freedom of speech doesn't come into it in these circumstances.
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#731731 - 8th Oct 2012 11:10pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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sick barstard.

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#731739 - 8th Oct 2012 11:30pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: _Ste_]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
Originally Posted By: dizdazdoz
I agree that his thoughts are sick/vile and will not attempt to justify his thinking.

I will say though that we have freedom of speech, on Facebook you are posting to your friends so it's between them to say if they take offence to it, if he had said it indoors to them he wouldn't be in jail.

Dont agree with people being punished for their views.


Exactly!

In private fair enough, but in the view of public, No!

This lads going to get a lot more punishment due to the media coverage, it would not surprise me if the judge gave him a custodial sentence for his own safety.

Don't forget, Facebook is not only viewable to your friends but it's viewable to the general public.

Freedom of speech doesn't come into it in these circumstances.


I would argue that facebook is private between you and your friends in what you say, the only way other can read it is by looking at your wall, only your friends see everything you say.

That to me would be like listening through someones letter box at their private conversations then reporting them for you being offended.

On here it's a public forum, on facebook and twitter it's private in my opinion and people choose to read it or not, reminds me of those who moan about tv programmes after the warnings beforehand.

Crazy mad world

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#731743 - 8th Oct 2012 11:38pm Re: Man Admits Offensive Web Posts [Re: Willo_]
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so what you do behind your own front door is ok. NO

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