Man jailed for Islamophobic Facebook rant about burning mosques after Manchester attack

Andrew Emery [Image: Facebook]

A man has been jailed for two years after he posted a vile Islamophobic rant on Facebook about burning mosques and getting “revenge” for the Manchester Arena attack. 

Andrew Emery posted his violent tirade on Facebook stating that “it’s time to fight back” against the “terrorists”.

The 45-year-old sent his Islamophobic rants on the day of the One Love tribute concert organised by singer Ariana Grande last summer.

A court heard Emery called for “mosques to be burned” and for Muslims to be targeted.

Emery has been jailed at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting stirring up religious hatred on Facebook.

A judge was told he was drunk when he took to Facebook to vent his hatred.

He posted: “It is time we started to fight back. The Government won’t do **** because of the PC brigade. Every time we have a terrorist attack we should burn a mosque”.

Three hours later, he posted: “To all the British murderers and serial killers out there, do us all a favour and concentrate on the Muslim community”.Another post read: “Burn a mosque today and feel better”.

He was arrested a few days later after a complaint was made to the police.

Prosecutor Harpreet Sandhu said the comments came on 4 June 2017, the day of the tribute concert.

It was held after the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May 2017, where 22 people were killed.

Mr Sandhu said Emery called for people to fight back because of what he believed was the UK Government’s lack of action due to political correctness.

Emery wrote: “Every time we have a terrorist attack we should burn a mosque, preferably when it is full”.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of publishing or distributing written material intending to stir up religious hatred.

Brian Williams, defending Emery, admitted the defendant’s comments were “abhorrent”.

Mr Williams said: “At the time he drank too much and his father had just been diagnosed as terminally ill.

“Without thinking rationally he allowed these appalling comments to pour out.

“He would not have gone in a pub or stood on a street corner and said such things.”

 

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