Lincoln man jailed for posting anti-Muslim message on Facebook

A man who posted a “grossly offensive” anti-Muslim message on Facebook in the aftermath of the Woolwich murder has been jailed for two weeks.

Benjamin Flatters, 22, of no fixed abode, was arrested in Lincoln on May 22 after police had warned people to stay within the law when posting on social media following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Flatters, who previously gave his address as Drayton Road, Swineshead, appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday) where he admitted posting a message which was “either incident or grossly offensive in breach of the 1988 Malicious Communications Act”.

A previous hearing was told the comments were made to “either Muslims or Muslim extremists”.

He was sentenced to 14 days in prison.

Flatters will appear at Lincoln Crown Court on June 26 facing charges of inciting a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity and further charges relating to the supply of cannabis.

Skegness Standard, 13 June 2013