A solicitor representing a man who admitted posting a racist comment on Facebook has raised the wider issue of racism in Carlisle, following remarks she made about the area.
Fabienne Macey told the court Butler had grown up in a racist family, and that reactions to his comment about the death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular might have been be different in the city.
"He has grown up in a racist family, his father and grandfather were actively racist.
"He has been brought up not to like people of a different race and that is all he has known until being 19 years old and recently joining the Army.
"In the small community of Carlisle if he was to make such a comment, he doesn't think it would get the same reaction in that community, which gives an idea of the extent of the racism in that small community."