Man who called for Muslims to be killed jailed

A man who posted a Facebook message calling for all British Muslims to be killed following the Manchester Arena attack has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

22-year-old Keegan Jakovlevs from Wrexham, North Wales, was sentenced at Mold Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to publishing material with the intention of promoting religious hatred.

Jakovlevs’ message, which was posted online shortly after the bombing, expressed sympathy for the families of those affected, but then called for every Muslim in the country to be killed, using racist and offensive language.

His message was accessible to his 2,15 Facebook friends and other members of the public.

The prosecution argued that Jakovlevs’ single message was particularly serious because it was posted ‘so soon after the Manchester bombing when public emotions were running high’.

Sue Hemming, from the CPS, said: “After the Manchester attack there were countless messages of support on social media for those affected but Keegan Jakovlevs chose to stir up religious hatred by calling for British Muslims to be indiscriminately killed.

"No harmful consequences appear to have resulted but his intention was clear and he pleaded guilty once he saw the CPS's case against him.

"People should not assume they can hide on social media when stirring up hatred and violence. Where there is evidence the CPS will prosecute them and they will face imprisonment as a result."

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