A soldier from Carlisle has avoided jail after he admitted posting a "disgusting" racist comment on Facebook in relation to the death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
Warren Butler pleaded guilty to a charge of improper use of a communications network under section 127 of the Communications Act.
The 19-year-old had posted on the social network site: "F****** LOL to that P*** found dead, One down many more to go."
The court heard how Butler had drunk about 10 bottles of Stella lager alone while his friends were on guard duty when he wrote the comment.
Butler was sentenced to a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and 250 hours community service.
Butler was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £80 victim surcharge and complete a 12-month supervision order.
"Everybody has said what a despicable thing this was to do and I agree wholeheartedly.
"Those comments were in respect of a young child who had so tragically lost his life and in terms of the impact on the wider members of the family and also the impact it made across the nation - people were appalled at seeing this prejudice, completely unjustified, cruel and disrespectful."
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