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Sam Busby given suspended sentence following April Jones Facebook posts

By V_Jones  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

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A teenager has been given a six-week suspended prison sentence after posting offensive comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones, according to the BBC.

Sam Busby, 18, of Macintyre Road, Worcester, was arrested on the same day that Mark Bridger was charged with girl's murder, five days after her disappearance from Machynlleth.

Busby admitted sending a grossly offensive public electronic communication last week.

Worcester Magistrates' Court gave him a 7pm-7am curfew for eight weeks and ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

The court heard that a woman contacted West Mercia Police after he made sexually explicit posts on the social networking site in October.

He admitted to officers following his arrest that he was responsible for the comments, and said he thought only his friends could see his posts on the site.

Busby told the BBC: "I now realise what I said wasn't funny and it was a stupid thing to do - I would like to apologise to anyone I've offended."

Magistrates handed him a six-week jail term suspended for 18 months and said they took Busby’s early guilty plea and remorse into account.

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