An internet troll who posted offensive messages online in the wake of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire’s murder has been prosecuted again for writing that he “enjoys” it when police officers are killed.
Jake Newsome was jailed for six weeks in June last year for writing on Facebook that he was “glad” Mrs Maguire had been stabbed to death by 15-year-old pupil Will Cornick two months earlier.
Despite the sentence, the 22-year-old was back at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday for two similar offences.
Mark Haigh, prosecuting, told the court that in a message on Facebook, posted on June 24, Newsome referred to police as “dirty f*****g scum” and added: “I thoroughly enjoy it when one of them dies.”
Newsome posted the message – which came two weeks after a former Greater Manchester Police officer was shot dead in Canada – after watching a programme about police work, the court was told.
Mr Haigh said: “The comments led to a number of complaints.”
Newsome posted a further message online the following week after a video appeared of a group of men confronting police in Seacroft, Leeds.
He praised their actions and referred to the officers as “pig scum”.
Emma Smith, mitigating, said her client had a number of mental health issues and psychological problems relating to being bullied at school.
She aded: “Mr Newsome’s problem seems to be that he doesn’t think about what he’s saying before he posts it.”
Newsome, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to sending offensive messages.
District Judge David Kitson said what he had written was “unpleasant” but not as serious as the previous incident for which he was jailed.
Newsome was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with a 50-day activity requirement, and ordered to pay £295 in court costs.