Northern Ireland: men fined for anti-Catholic Facebook messages
April 16, 2012
A district judge in Northern Ireland has fined two men for posting anti-Catholic messages on Facebook.
“I hope you realize how inappropriate and stupid your comments are,” Judge Richard Wilson said to Matthew McKenna, 20, and Dean Boyd, 21, who pleaded guilty to sending offensive messages. The two were fined £250 ($396) and £400 ($634).
“No one would get away with making such comments in the street and it is important that a message is sent out that sectarian comments and threats such as this are not acceptable and in this instance can inflame tensions.”