Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Woolwich attack: Suspended sentence for Facebook post

A woman from Hampshire who posted an offensive message on Facebook after the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich has been given a suspended sentence.

Michaela Turner, 23, of Lumsden Road, Southsea, was charged with an offence under the Communications Act.

Portsmouth magistrates sentenced Turner to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for eight months.

The post, uploaded on Wednesday 22 May, was subsequently removed.

A backlash of anger following the killing of Drummer Rigby led to several people facing charges over comments posted on social media sites.

Incidents were reported to police across England with arrests also taking place in Lincoln, Bristol, Woking and Hastings.

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