17 August 2011 - 1:23pm | posted by | 5 comments

17-year-old who wrote ‘come on rioters’ on Facebook receives one year social media ban

17-year-old who wrote ‘come on rioters’ on Facebook receives one year social media ban17-year-old who wrote ‘come on rioters’ on Facebook

A 17-year-old youth who wrote ‘come on rioters’ on Facebook has been banned from social networking sites for a year, along with community service, a rehabilitation order, and a curfew.

Appearing at Bury St Edmunds Youth Court, the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted sending out a message saying "I think we should start rioting, it's about time we stopped the authorities pushing us about and ruining this country.

"It's about time we stood up for ourselves for once. So come on rioters - get some. LOL."

He had deleted the post by the time that the police had been alerted and arrived at his door.

Defence solicitor Paul Booty said his client, who has a previous conviction for actual bodily harm, had made a mistake and the comment had been a foolish prank.

The youth told magistrates "I meant it as a joke which is why I wrote LOL at the end."

As well as being banned from social networking sites, the youth was ordered to complete 120 hours community service, a 12 month youth rehabilitation order and a 7pm and 6am curfew for three months.

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Anonymous (not verified)
17 Aug 2011 - 13:47
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I think this is a bit harsh considering someone could rob a house, steal a car or mug some and get a oooooh don't do that again and then re offends and gets another ohhhh dont do that again and a fine they never pay ! Has Britains legal system went over the top i would say so

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Anonymous (not verified)
17 Aug 2011 - 15:18
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Ridiculous!

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Anonymous (not verified)
17 Aug 2011 - 17:30
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i love his defence - i'm going to use that to get away with stuff in future;

i.e. i can say "you are such a tw*t - lol".

(see its okay to call you a tw*t, because i said LOL)

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Anonymous (not verified)
17 Aug 2011 - 17:31
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you blow goats and your mother's the town bike- LOL

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Anonymous (not verified)
17 Aug 2011 - 17:38
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i think its actually a fairer sentence than what the other 2 boys got. He enticed violence on a social networking site, so he is now banned from social networking sites, simple. Its Not like they put him in jail.

I've seen people banned from facebook for far less (you only need to call mark whats his face a c**k s****r and your off)

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