A British man has pleaded guilty after being charged with making a Facebook comment which called for gay people to be machine-gunned. The comment was made on a newspaper’s Facebook link to their article about a gay pride event.
Under a story about a gay pride event, Paul Gair said that gay people were cunts who should be shot. When he was arrested, however, he claimed that he wasn’t homophobic and put the hate-filled rant down to having a bad day. In the post under an article about northern Pride in Newcastle, Gair wrote: “If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay cunts wouldn’t of [sic] been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting cunts!” The 42-year-old from Kilburn Green, Gateshead, posted in another message that gay people should be ‘slaughtered’. Newcastle Magistrates Court heard how the offensive remarks were posted on the Newcastle Chronicle’s Facebook page on July 14 ahead of the festival. Gair, a father of three, pleaded guilty to sending a message of an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing manner during the short hearing on Friday. Prosecuting, Maimuna Bappa said organisers had been alerted to the post and became concerned about the safety of festival-goers.
Gair was fined $660.