April Jones "troll" sentenced for offensive Facebook comments
A MAN who posted offensive remarks on Facebook about April Jones has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Liam Young, aged 25, from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire, made the mocking comments while the desperate search for the missing five-year-old was underway last October.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how two days into the search, Young was involved in a three-way conversation on Facebook in which each participant was "trying to be more shocking than the other".
Yound had previously pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct by sending indecent and offensive remarks when he appeared at court for sentencing today.
Young's lawyer, Graeme Cunningham, told the court the message had been "shocking and stupid" and that his client was sorry for what he had done.
The court heard how Young was sacked from his council job after his employers found out about what he had done.
Passing sentence, Sheriff Brian Murphy said: "It concerns me that someone believes they can say what they like on Facebook because they live in a democratic society.
"I trust you will leave here knowing the right to freedom of speech is not unlimited.
"What you said was deeply offensive and you lost your job over this."
April disappeared from near her Machynlleth home on October 1 last year, prompting the biggest missing person search in British policing history.
Her body has never been found.
Mark Bridger, aged 47, is serving a life sentence for abducting and murdering the schoolgirl.