Chand jailed for stirring racial hatred on Twitter


Birmingham: a Birmingham man has been convicted of stirring up racial hatred with a string of islama- phobic tweets − as wes t mid – lands police warns that anyone who posts inflammatory messages risks arrest for committing hate crimes.
Rhodenne Chand, from King standing, posted 32 tweets in the space of a few days in the wake of the Manchester Arena terror attack last May. Some of the messages encouraged violence against Muslims and for mosques to be attacked − and in one Chand claimed he wanted to “slit a Muslim’s throat”.
A member of the public reported the twitter rant to police fearing the 31-year-old might carry through on his threats. Chand was arrested on 17 June last year, admitted issuing the messages and said he felt disgusted at himself for writing the posts. He told officers he was “venting” in the aftermath of the Manchester and London Borough Market terror attacks 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”.
Chand was charged with publishing threatening, abusive or insulting material intended to stir up racial hatred. He admitted the offence and appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (25 June) where he was jailed for 20 months