Man convicted and fined for offensive post on Kick It Out's Facebook account
A 21-year-old man from London has been convicted and fined £150 having posted a derogatory remark on Kick It Out’s official Facebook page in January 2014.
Mr Harry Sparks of Margery Street, Islington, pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 2 April 2014 to sending by public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing message/matter.
Kick It Out reported Mr Sparks to Police in Islington immediately after he posted the message. The Police were able to trace Mr Sparks before he was arrested and charged.
DC Kirk Seymour from Islington CID said: “Police in Islington take all allegations of malicious communications serious.
“I hope this conviction sends a message to all social media users that posting any derogatory remarks on a social media site may lead to you being arrested, charged and convicted.”
Roisin Wood, Director of Kick It Out, commented: “Kick It Out will not tolerate offensive or discriminatory messages being posted on social media platforms.
“We reported the message published by Mr Sparks to the Police immediately after it appeared on our official Facebook account.
“This conviction is another reminder to all social media users of the repercussions they could face for publishing offensive or discriminatory remarks.”