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Man avoids jail for Woolwich Facebook message

Drummer Lee Rigby
Image caption Drummer Rigby was killed in Woolwich in May

A man has avoided prison for posting an offensive comment on Facebook following the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Adam Rogers, 28, pleaded guilty to sending an offensive, indecent, obscene, or menacing message by a public communication network in May.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed in Woolwich, south-east London, on 22 May.

Rogers, of Kingsman Street, Woolwich, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 24 months at Hastings Magistrates' Court.

He was arrested in the town on 24 May after being identified from a Facebook entry made while in Hastings.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, from Romford, east London, and Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south-east London, are accused of Fusilier Rigby's murder.

Mr Adebolajo is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.

The military funeral of Fusilier Rigby took place at Bury Parish Church in Greater Manchester on Friday.

Thousands of mourners attended, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

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