Manchester: Man jailed for mocking the deaths of PC Bone & PC Hughes
A man from Greater Manchester who wore a t-shirt daubed with offensive comments about the killings of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes has been jailed.
Barry Thew wore the top in Radcliffe town centre hours after the two police officers lost their lives last month.
On the front it said: “One less pig; perfect justice,” on the back “Killacopforfun.com haha?”
On Thursday, Barry Thew, 39, of Wolsey Street, Radcliffe, admitted to a Section 4A Public Order Offence at Minshull Crown Court.
He was sentenced to four months in jail and received an additional four months after he admitted to breaching the terms of a previous suspended jail term.
Inspector Bryn Williams, of the Radcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:
“While officers on the ground were just learning of and trying to come to terms with the devastating news that two colleagues had been murdered, Thew thought nothing of going out in public with a t-shirt daubed with appalling hand written comments on.
Inspector Williams added: “Thankfully the overwhelming response from the public – who have inundated us with messages of support and condolence – prove that Thew is the exception and not the rule and our communities were right behind us at our darkest hour”.