Twitter user sentenced to 150 hours of community service for offensive post

A 36-year-old man has been sentenced by a UK court for making an offensive post on his Twitter account .

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A man named Joseph Kelly has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service for making an “extremely offensive” Twitter post about Captain Sir Tom Moore.

A British Army officer who raised money for the UK’s National Health Service ( NHS) . during the pandemic.

Moore  became a national figure in the UK after doing 100 laps around his garden on his 100th birthday . He was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II . On the day Moore passed away, Kelly, 36, tweeted “the only British soldier is a dead one, burn the old buuuuuurn” .

Unlike other countries, the UK has different standards and is not afraid to prosecute internet users for offensive messages under legislation known as the Communications Act 2003.

Internet does not escape the laws

Kelly was convicted in February of last year and faced a possible jail term. The UK has laws allowing social media users to be prosecuted for sending “extremely offensive” messages.

According to The National , Kelly was sentenced, while his defense alleges that the user had few Twitter followers at the time, was under the influence of alcohol when he wrote the post, and deleted the tweet 20 minutes later.

“He admits he was wrong. He didn’t anticipate what would happen. He took action almost immediately to remove the tweet, but by then the genie was out of the bottle ,” said Tony Callahan, Kelly’s defense agent.

“His criminality level was an intoxicated post, at a time when he was struggling emotionally, which he regretted and deleted almost instantly.”

Kelly is sentenced to 18 months of supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work in the form of a Scottish Community Reimbursement Order (CPO).