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Jury Find BNP SoT Leader Michael Coleman GUILTY

Michael Coleman, leader of the British National Party (BNP) in Stoke-on-Trent, has been found guilty of racially-aggravated harassment. Sentencing will be on 28th September. No bail restrictions have been placed on him until then.

The 46-year-old was reported to police by Labour Cllr Joy Garner, now running for Police Commissioner in Staffordshire, after two blogs he posted, one in response to the 2011 London riots appeared online and the other about Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Cllr Garner had been asked to read the blog posts by a member of the public.

Mr Coleman admitted to the court that he wrote the posts on the website Stokepatriot.blogspot.com on August 9 and September 12 2011, but had denied that he intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Both the post were read out to the court.

Cllr Garner told thecourt:

“I couldn’t believe it. It really angered me. I felt real disgust.”

In one of the post, the father of three, wrote about the London riots:

“London darkies have reacted with violence. The darkies have exposed their true nature in siding with criminality.”

In another post about Stoke-on-Trent he wrote:

“The ultimate outcome will be a city with no jobs, 100 mosques, a massive crime wave and thousands of very poor elderly folk.”

Coleman had voluntarily attended a police interview following Cllr Garner’s complaint. He was later charged by Staffordshire Police with intending to cause racially-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by displaying writing, a sign or other representation, which was threatening, abusive or insulting.

Coleman explained to the court that he used the website to express his personal views and communicate with BNP members:

“We had been warned against using the word ‘black’ in the party. Instead of using that ‘darkie’ came to mind. It’s a good old English word, I’m a good old English boy. If people are offended I’m sorry.”

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  1. LoveStoke

    Well done Joy Garner and NorSCARF. Finally nailed him. Hope he gets sent down!

    1. Kevin Norscarf

      Thank you hopefully he will get a custodial sentence for this

  2. Freedomof Speech

    I am dead against the BNP and all it stands for. But I also don't agree with criminalizing opinion. It's a very slippery slope. Where will it stop?

    1. Voltaire

      I agree that criminalizing opinion smacks of left wing authoritarianism. I disagree with Mr Coleman associating blacks with crime. However, I can't see the harm in calling black people darkies, which is after all an innocuous term. It's far a better nickname than the N word which is most certainly offensive.

  3. Davey345

    This BNP man wouldn't give a second thought to your human rights, freedom and equality. Lock him up and throw away the key!

  4. David Johnson

    So much for free speech .

  5. @Roxmywhirl

    Rip freedom of speech.
    First they came for the Nationalists
    and I didn't speak out as I was not a Nationalist………..

  6. Randy Conteh

    I'm sorry, but i have to reply as a man of colour. Over the years, I've often been called by the "N" word, (and others just as offensive) and i know they reaIly turn my stomach and i actually thought and hoped those days were gone. Additionally, I certainly don't and have never accepted being called "Darky" and i'm sure most people and definitely others similar to myself totally agree!! It would send a strong appropriate message, if Mr Coleman was served with a custodial sentence, for his highly innapropriate language! Cllr Randy Conteh

  7. Hmmmm..

    Freedom of speech must have boundaries and responsibilities the same as any other rights and freedoms that we have. For example we all accept libel laws as a means to protect personal injury from others.

    It's about time our legal system dealt with these kinds of websites and people. For too long they have been reluctant act and allowed them to peddle their lies and misinformation.

  8. KEVIN DEEGAN-HALL

    Racial hatred mesSages and the degrading of any race becuase of colour ,creed or religion is NOT PART OF FREE SPEECH MILLIONS DIED BETWEEN THE 1930,S AND 1945 BITH AS VICTIMS OF THIS KIND OF ABUSE AND ALSO THOSE WHO FOUGHT AGAINST IT AS WE ARE STILL FIGHTING THE SAME THINGS TODAY LETS NOT TAINT THE MEMORIES OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUALITY FOR ALL. WW2 WAS NOT FOUGHT TO KEEP BRITAIN BRITISH IT WAS FOUGHT TO PRPOTECT FREEDOM AND EQUALITY FOR ALL REGARDLESS OF RACE,COLOUR,CREED,DISABILITY OR RELIGIOUS BELIEF

    COLEMAN SHOULD AND HOPEFULLY WILL RECIEVE A PRISON SENTENCE FOR HIS CRIME

  9. Philippa Jane Brown

    Piece of scum in S-on-T & not our council for a change! Jury Find BNP SoT Leader Michael Coleman

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