Two Englishmen have been sentenced to four years in jail by the courts as they were found guilty of inciting riots (that didn't transpire) using social networking website Facebook.
According to British daily newspaper, the Telegraph, the Crown Court judges handed over the toughest sentence so far to two men, Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, for attempting to instigate civil unrest in their city through their profiles on Facebook.
Both men, believed to be of good character earlier were charged for posting inciteful messages on the website. Blackshaw was charged for creating an event page titled, “Smash Down Northwich Town", while Sutcliffe-Keenan was accused of instigating rioters to cause damage in Warrington through the same source.
The jury, while announcing the sentence stated that the conduct of two responsible young men at a time when the nation was gripped by insanity all over, was quite disgraceful and was aimed at fuelling the riots. “Your conduct was quite disgraceful and the title of the message you posted on Facebook chills the blood," Judge Elgan Edwards stated.
“The courts should show that outbursts of criminal behaviour like this will and must be met with sentences longer than they would be if the offences had been committed in isolation,” Judge Andrew Gilbart QC, one of the three members comprising jury stated.