Soldier Warren Butler sentenced for vile post about Mikaeel Kular

Hampshire soldier pleads guilty to racist post

Hampshire soldier pleads guilty to racist post

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A Hampshire soldier has been sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months today after admitting posting a racist comment in connection with the death of a three-year-old boy.

Warren Butler, 19, pleading guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court to improper use of a communications network under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

Kate Brown, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex said: “Warren Butler, a Grenadier Guardsman based in Aldershot thought that he could use social media to post a grossly offensive message and not face consequences.

“On 18 January, he posted on his Facebook account a racist comment, which callously referred to three- year-old Mikaeel Kular, who was found dead in Scotland the day before. The disappearance and the tragic discovery of the body of the little boy shocked many of us and it is therefore very difficult to understand how a 19-year-old is capable of making such cruel and disrespectful comments.

“Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard today how, as soon as Butler posted this message he and his family received death threats. The chain of command of Butler’s regiment was alerted and advised him to contact Hampshire Constabulary.

“Whilst he was interviewed by Hampshire Constabulary Officers, Butler explained how he shared extreme right wing ideology and that being racist was his opinion and that he did not think that his comments were bad. He also said to them that he only regretted the backlash it caused to his family.”

Butler was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution cost and £80 victims’ surcharge.

He will have to do 250 hours community payback and will have to undertake a diversity and prejudice course.

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5:02pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Huey says...

If he is that right wing and racist he should not be in the army.
If he is that right wing and racist he should not be in the army. Huey
  • Score: 18

5:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

So he posts vile things about a dead CHILD and yet only gets a pathetic sentence? WTF is wrong with people
So he posts vile things about a dead CHILD and yet only gets a pathetic sentence? WTF is wrong with people Mary80
  • Score: 11

5:21pm Tue 11 Mar 14

thesouth says...

Waste of life. Hope he doesn't serve any longer in the army.
Waste of life. Hope he doesn't serve any longer in the army. thesouth
  • Score: 15

6:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Kyoboshi says...

Huey wrote:
If he is that right wing and racist he should not be in the army.
It is possible to be right wing and not racist you know. Being right wing doesn't mean you're a Nazi
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: If he is that right wing and racist he should not be in the army.[/p][/quote]It is possible to be right wing and not racist you know. Being right wing doesn't mean you're a Nazi Kyoboshi
  • Score: -6

6:38pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

sadly he should not be in the Armed Forces representing his country with this mentality. what a waste of tax payers money training him up.
sadly he should not be in the Armed Forces representing his country with this mentality. what a waste of tax payers money training him up. Tenderhearts wife
  • Score: 16

2:03am Wed 12 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

About time people realised posting on the net is no longer anonymous as this idiot found out. Being an utter moron and a racist they go hand in hand. Shame the stupid little boy wasn't sent to prison maybe it would wake him up
About time people realised posting on the net is no longer anonymous as this idiot found out. Being an utter moron and a racist they go hand in hand. Shame the stupid little boy wasn't sent to prison maybe it would wake him up Mary80
  • Score: 2

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