Laws are changing and the people responsible for this repulsive behaviour will pay the price.
30th August 2018 SKY NEWS
Paul Hind, 38, caused parents “anxiety and distress” after posting “sick” comments about their dead children on social media.
Ms Burt’s father, Nigel, said Hind’s actions were a “desecration” of his 20-year-old daughter’s memory.
Describing how Hind’s postings had made him and Ms Burt’s mother Paula feel “physically sick”, he said: “The person who carried out this trolling can only be described as a sick sadist who knows that they are adding to our anguish and gets enjoyment out of this.
“Even though the Facebook posts have now gone, we keep expecting them to reappear on some other social media platform.
“This is causing us continuing anxiety and distress.”
District Judge Kate Meek sent Hind’s case to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing on September 27, and praised the Burt family for sitting in on the proceedings.
Judge Meek also passed on her “deepest condolences” for the loss of their daughter and said that the defendant had only added to the “already unimaginable” pain that they were suffering.
Speaking outside court after the hearing, Hind said he was “deeply sorry” for his actions and that he had done them “for attention”.
Describing how he was suffering from mental health issues and was “highly intoxicated” at the time of the offences, he said: “All I can say to the families for the actions I have committed is sorry, that is all I can say – sorry.
“I don’t expect them to accept any apology from me whatsoever for what I have done.”
When asked whether his actions could be seen as worthy of a jail sentence, he said: “From my point of view, personally, and for what I did, I would say yes.
“I do deserve a punishment, and I don’t just deserve a punishment of being banned from social media, trying to apologise to the parents and forgetting about the whole thing.
“I have to be punished accordingly for causing people the anxiety and the stress I have caused them, there’s no question about that.”