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'Vile' racist jailed for 20 months

Andrew Littlefair Photo: IT News

A man who threatened to kill Muslim people in an online rant after the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks has been jailed for 20 months.

Andrew Littlefair from Stockton posted on Facebook that he wanted to shoot all Muslim people.

Littlefair, 50, called Islam a "disgusting disease" and said mosques should be burned down and Muslim people should be wiped out in a series of posts over four hours.

When someone complained about the messages, which were free for anyone to read, he did not remove the posts, so she called the police.

Teesside Crown Court heard that did not prevent him from posting on a new account a false apology for being a "white Christian who has values for life".

He added: "My views on this will nvr change sorry I am not!!!!"

Robert Mochrie, defending, described Littlefair as a "keyboard warrior" and said:

"He doesn't have the intelligence frankly to be able to express himself in a more careful way."

He said the posts were "nothing more than utter stupidity, mumbling nonsense".

However, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC disagreed, saying they were the racist postings of a vile individual.

He said the posts followed the two terror atrocities in Manchester and London which had caused outrage.

"They went to the very heart of our democracy, they were appalling events and of course they resulted in a lot of ill-feeling towards certain sections of society and a lot of emotion.

"It was a time for people to be calm in the truest traditions of this country, it did not require people like you to stir up racial hatred."

Littlefair, of Trefoil Court, Norton, Teesside, admitted six offences of publishing threats to stir up racial hatred.

He smiled sadly to his daughter who was in the public gallery as he was led away.