Birmingham Man Jailed For Islamophobic Tweets

26 June 2018, 12:35 | Updated: 26 June 2018, 12:38

Rhodenne Chand Kingstanding Birmingham racial hatr

A 31 year-old man from Birmingham's been jailed for trying to stir up racial hatred.

Rhodenne Chand, from Finchley Road in Kingstanding, posted 32 tweets in the space of a few days just after the attacks on Manchester Arena and London's Borough Market.

Some encouraged violence against Muslims and for mosques to be attacked.

Chand was arrested last year, admitted issuing the messages and said he felt disgusted at himself for writing the posts.

He told officers he was "venting" and had stopped using Twitter.

However, a specialist prosecutor assessed the case and determined the posts showed intent to stir up racial and religious hatred and that such "violent rhetoric can cause considerable harm once it is in the public domain".

He later admitted the charges and has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

West Midlands Police Superintendent Mat Shaer said: "This case saw the sustained release of offensive, threatening material aimed at Muslim and Pakistani communities and it left people fearing some of the threats could be carried out by him or his Twitter followers.

"The law is careful to try and not penalise expression of opinion, even in strong and possibly offensive terms. But Chand's tweets were a much baser expression of animosity towards a section of society and were totally unacceptable.

"We take hate crime very seriously and anyone found to be stirring up hatred on the grounds of race, religion, sexuality, or disability could find themselves in court and facing a criminal conviction.

"Court outcomes like this are important in order to reassure communities of our willingness to make progress in the way we tackle hate crime matches how proud we are to police such a diverse region."