An Altrincham man has been sentenced to four years in prison after writing a barrage of racist, homophobic and antisemitic tweets.
David Bitton, 40, tweeted around 600 posts on Twitter over the course of one weekend in May 2016, many directed at Greater Manchester Police (GMP), making highly abusive and racist, homophobic and antisemitic comments.
In the police interview, Mr Bitton claimed that he had only written the tweets in order to gain followers and deleted them soon after.
Detective Constable David Stevenson from GMP’s Trafford Borough said: “Bitton tried to say that he didn’t mean what he had written and he was only craving attention and followers, but the contents of what was in some of his tweets was of such a horrific, threatening and narrow-minded nature that today’s sentence is entirely justified.
“Bitton will spend the next four years thinking about his actions and how they have affected the people they were aimed at.”
Mr Bitton was tried at Minshull Street Crown Court and pleaded guilty to thirteen separate charges of sending racist and threatening communication.
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