A British father of three who posted a rant on Facebook saying all ‘faggots should be machine gunned’ has been arrested.
Paul Gair, 42, has claimed he was not homophobic and posted the message after having a bad day.
In a post under an article about a Pride event in Newcastle, north England, he said:
‘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!’
Gair posted another message that gay people should be ‘slaughtered’.
Newcastle Magistrates Court heard how the comment was posted on the Newcastle Chronicle’s Facebook page on 14 July, according to reports.
He pleaded guilty to sending a message of an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing manner during the hearing on Friday (1 August).
Maimuna Bappa, prosecuting, said organizers had been alerted to the post and became concerned about the safety of the event.
Mark Nichols, chairman of Northern Pride, said: ‘It is very worrying when you hear people could be thinking of coming down and killing gays. If the post was about race of religion there would have been uproar.’
Gair’s defense said it was an ‘isolated message’ and that the father had ‘personally apologized’ to Nichols.
He was fined a total of £393 ($662, €493) including costs and victim surcharge.