Man who threatened to 'kill all Muslims' after Manchester and London bridge terror attacks jailed

Andrew Littlefair posted a stream of abusive messages after the Manchester and London terror attacks

Andrew Littlefair posted a stream of abusive messages after the Manchester and London terror attacks

Monday, February 19, 2018

A man who aimed a series of social media threats at Muslims in the wake of the Manchester and London terror attacks has been jailed for 20 months.

Andrew Littlefair, of Norton in County Durham, urged people to set fire to Mosques and the Qu'ran.

The 50-year-old wrote: "It's time to unite and fight, wipe out this disgustin desease they call islam [sic] burn all mosques and wipe um out of this grandad didn't fight and die for this!!".

According to the Northern Echo, he also wrote "Go to the extreme and kill um all with fire dirty Muslim b*******. It's time to fight bk kill them all dirty stinkin Muslim b*******."

Littlefair said he'd rather go to jail than apologise for the posts, which were published a day after the London Bridge terror attack - and just a couple of weeks after 22 people were killed at Manchester Arena.

After being questioned by police when the posts came to light, Littlefair used social media to write what seemed at first to be an apology, but turned out to be an attempt at self-justification.

He wrote: "I'd like to give a full apology for what may have seemed like a public order offence...

"I'm getting hauled in by police for freedom of speech when certain people in this country can preach hatred on the streets..."

Today he was incarcerated for five counts of sending malicious communications on social media.

Inspector Phil Morris said: “The sentence handed to Andrew Littlefair today shows the serious nature of the offences and shows how seriously hate crime is taken by the police and criminal justice system partners.

“Hate crime will not be tolerated and anyone found to be committing such offences, wherever possible, will be put before the courts. These crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public."