A MAN who posted a Facebook message following the deaths of six British troops which said “all soldiers should die and go to hell” has been found guilty of sending a grossly offensive communication.
Azhar Ahmed, 20, admitted posting the message in March, just two days after the horrific deaths of three Huddersfield soldiers and their comrades.
But he told Kirklees Magistrates Court in Huddersfield he thought it was distressing but not offensive.
District Judge Jane Goodwin, however, said Ahmed’s Facebook remarks were “derogatory, disrespectful and inflammatory”
After the trial, Ahmed left the court by a side door without saying anything and sped off in a waiting car past a number of police officers.
He avoided a demonstration of about 30 people at the front of the court building, some wearing EDL-branded clothing and one flying a union flag.
The demonstrators were heavily outnumbered by police.
In court, Ahmed was bailed after the district judge told him she wanted a pre-sentence report prepared.
He is due back in court for sentence on October 9.
Earlier, the district judge heard how Ahmed posted his message two days after the deaths of the soldiers.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was killed alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, of New Mill, Private Anton Frampton, 20, of Longwood, Private Daniel Wilford, 21, of Cowlersley, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, and Private Daniel Wade, 20.
All were serving with the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and died when their Warrior armoured vehicle hit a Taliban roadside bomb.
Ahmed’s message said: “People gassin about the deaths of Soldiers! What about the innocent familys who have been brutally killed.
“The women who have been raped. The children who have been sliced up!
“Your enemy’s were the Taliban not innocent harmful familys.
“All soldiers should DIE & go to HELL! THE LOWLIFE F****N SCUM!