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British Man Jailed for Wearing Offensive T-Shirt


"This is getting ridiculous. Following the man jailed for tweeting something disgusting about Fabrice Muamba, then the boy jailed for putting something disgusting on Facebook about April Jones (and the man almost jailed for joking about blowing up Robin Hood Airport), now a man has been jailed for wearing a T-shirt with a disgusting joke about killing policemen.

Barry Thew has been jailed for four months, plus another four for breaching an earlier suspended sentence, after he was arrested by Greater Manchester Police while wearing a T-shirt saying "One less pig; perfect justice" and "killacopforfun.com hahaaa". That would be bad enough, but he chose to do it on the day that two police officers, Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, were killed in a gun and grenade attack elsewhere in the Greater Manchester area.

It shouldn't need saying, but perhaps it does: that's a despicable thing to do. Mr Thew is clearly a deeply, deeply unpleasant individual (or perhaps disturbed: apparently he is on a prescription for antipsychotics and has been an inpatient at a mental hospital). But we don't lock people up for being unpleasant."