Vile troll faces jail over stab message

Facebook troll Jake Newsome leaving Leeds Magistrates Court
Facebook troll Jake Newsome leaving Leeds Magistrates Court

A FACEBOOK troll who posted an offensive message about a Wigan-born teacher who was stabbed to death in her classroom has been told he could face jail after he admitted posting the comment.

Jake Newsome, 21, wrote on the social media site in the aftermath of the death of Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, on April 28.

It said: “Personally, I’m glad that teacher got stabbed up. Feel sorry for the kid.”

The message also include other vile comments about the much-loved Mrs Maguire.

Newsome, from Harehills, Leeds, admitted sending an offensive message at Leeds Magistrates Court.

District Judge Roy Anderson said he wanted a pre-sentence report and bailed him to June 4. District Judge Anderson warned him that all sentence options were open, including a jail sentence.

Amanda Harris, prosecuting, told the court that Newsome posted the message on Facebook on the afternoon of May 1.

Ms Harris said Facebook users quickly posted a range of comments in response, objecting to what he was saying, and he was reported to West Yorkshire Police.

The prosecutor said he admitted to officers that he put the message on the site but claimed he did not think it was offensive.

Ann Glen, defending, said: “He felt that there were some similarities with what people were saying about the young man (the alleged attacker) and the background of this defendant.”

District Judge Anderson gave Newsome unconditional bail and said he will be sentenced at the same court on June 4.