TROLL AVOIDS JAIL FOR RACIST TWEETS; Bigoted Rants at Muslims .. and Jews, Blacks, Gays and Catholics

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TROLL AVOIDS JAIL FOR RACIST TWEETS; Bigoted Rants at Muslims .. and Jews, Blacks, Gays and Catholics


Byline: chris taylor reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A TWITTER troll who wished a "horrible death" on all Muslims avoided jail yesterday.

Cowardly Robert Rankin, 52, hid behind a pseudonym on social media to send bigoted messages raging against Islam.

He has also launched a series of tirades against Catholics, homosexuals, blacks and Jews.

At Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday, he was fined PS450 and warned he would face a stiffer sentence if he continued his online rants.

But just hours before he appeared in court to admit sending offensive tweets last January, he went online and posted: "No surrender ya Muslim scum".

Bob Kerr, defending, denied Rankin - who uses the screen name Bawheed - was behind a campaign of hate and said the two offences he admitted were isolated incidents.

The lawyer insisted the lout - who has a previous conviction for racially abusing a neighbour - acted out of anger after watching news coverage of Isis atrocities and the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy, which he believed was a terrorist attack. …

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