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Swansea man sent racist tweets about Muslims and Pakistanis court told

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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A FINANCIAL adviser who aimed grossly offensive tweets at Muslims and Pakistanis was told he had "thinking deficiencies and old racist views".

Ricky Lee Davies of St Thomas, Swansea, committed the Twitter offence after watching a television documentary about Muslim extremism.

Prosecutor Jonathan Coombs said Davies, who pleaded guilty to a charge under the 2003 Communications Act, told police he had wanted to get a reaction.

Mr Coombs said: "He accepted his friends from ethnic minorities would not be too pleased, but that it was a bit of banter."

He said the messages concerned "would seem to be directed primarily at the Muslim community and Pakistani nationality".

Defending, Dan Heard said his client had used extreme language but argued that its effect on recipients was minimal. People who responded to the tweets, he said, "referred to him as 'silly boy' and things of that nature". He said the 20-year-old had no particular issue with any religion or race, and that his tweets had been in regard to extremism, terrorism and poppy-burning.

He said: "What he has tried — but monumentally failed — to do is to enter into a debate. He used ill-advised language and failed to articulate what might otherwise have been a proper debate. And that has effectively reduced itself to name-calling."

Wales Probation officer Sharon Griffiths said Davies had let his anger get the better of him following the documentary.

"He has made a concerted effort to increase his knowledge about other cultures," she said.

Swansea Magistrates' Court heard that Davies had a previous conviction when, as a juvenile, he referred to a man with a turban and beard outside Sainsbury's as "bin Laden" during an altercation.

The defendant, of St Leger Crescent, was yesterday handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with a supervision requirement for 12 months. He was also told to do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 costs.

Chairwoman of the bench Chantal Patel said: "You clearly have thinking deficiencies and old racist views."

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  • MCisAntiWhite  |  February 02 2013, 4:25PM

    ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY! Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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  • mahatmacoat  |  January 30 2013, 7:06AM

    While 2 wongs don't make a wight it is worth noting that there are no racial discrimination laws in Pakistan. I travel in the Oil Industry where Islam is the religion of large proportion of Oil producing countries. There is no legal protection for minorities and if your a Christian then brother you are bottom of the pile. When our troops gathered in Saudi prior to going into Iraq all the religious services which men invariably have before going into battle were held in closed aircraft hangers with the ministers of various denominations having to enter Saudi disguised as Army personnel yet places like the Hafod Brotherhood and churches in Swansea are turned into either Mosques or Islamic learning centres. If the playing field is level i have no complaints but it is not and the onus heavily favours the minority. Is that democratic ?.

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  • cobradriver99  |  January 30 2013, 1:17AM

    Oh wow, look at the politically correct hypocrites on here. They will never say a peep if a non white says racist ****, but god forbid if a white does. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. The total disregard for your own kind and the vile trash of politically correct thinking. Now wonder whites are called ******* now.. Because most are.

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  • brochadav  |  January 29 2013, 7:24PM

    Simple question, if there is one place left in prison and we have two criminals, one used verbal racism and the other a house burglar, who should go to prison? I'm not denying this man has behaved atrociously but every day we see people who have committed worse crimes not sent to prison. Hedoken, I agree immigration has been handled very badly, almost negligently, but this is far more complicated than just saying send them home, as Watkinss2 shows. We have many immigrant families who enhance our everyday lives but sadly, many spongers too.

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  • susiqzz  |  January 29 2013, 6:33PM

    Are we to presume then, Watkinss2, that the entire world media made up the story of Malala Yousafzai?? I suspect she and her family may have something to say about that!

  • watkinss2  |  January 29 2013, 5:44PM

    Right, firstly this incident was not a one-off incident, it was a tirent of abuse over a very long period of time. It was over a TWO year period of continued abuse and deliberatly trying to cause offence. Obviously, the Evening Post cannot put any of his comments on here as they were extreemly disgusting and highly offensive! He admitted that he intended to cause offence. One of them was telling "...you pig lovers..." to "**** back to your own country and play with your camels you.****s" you actually need to see or hear his comments to appreciate the scale of the abuse. I am white Welsh Muslim and Im pretty open-minded, but I take offence at them. How can I go back to my own country when I am already in it?! And if I might add, how can you other.comment about Islam when you know very little about it? You say that women are opressed ad treated like second-class citizens? The media maybe?! The fact is that is simply not the case, the Quran teaches to show your wife respect and treat her as such. it is compulsory that you support her financially. In fact, the very first female who owned a business was the Prophets wife, and was treated equally You ask most Muslim women why they wear the head scarf and they will tell you that they have chosen to wear it. A nun covers herself from head to toe except for her face and hands, as did Mary the mother of Jesus...so are these not opressed??

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 29 2013, 4:13PM

    So the common theme seems to be some Muslims are extremism is it's ok to racially abuse all muslims. It's the typical view of racists among us that two wrongs make a right. Personally i think 8 weeks is far too short a term, about 5 years would be about right. Long enough for MR Davies to think about what he has done. I would agree though with Chairwoman of the bench Chantal Patel that Mr Davies' views are out of date. They may prevalent among the Neanderthal that live around us, but the vast majority. PS no disrespect was meant towards Neanderthal

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  • Hedoken97842  |  January 29 2013, 3:38PM

    Funny, the last time I was in london I saw a group of such types burning british flags and saying a 1000 times worse. Of course, nothing happened to them, because they were muslims. I also see wales as country openly attacked and mocked in the media with implications of its residents having sex with sheep. Nothing happens. Racism is nothing more than a tool for the minorty to obtain social standing through the very power they claim to be a victim of. The reality is, the muslim population in the UK and EUROPE are on a crash course with its indiginious residents whether they like it or not. IN years to come, people will look back on people like this and see how the problem was allowed to escalate, because of instead of addressing the issues that made this guy say what he said, they find it easier to shut them up rather than admit this country has made a massive error in judgment regarding the levels of immigration. Its now so deep they cannot reverse it, and IMO its on a crash course for civil war, as things get tighter. One day your mother will be turned away from a hospital while a family from Pakistan who have been here less than 10 years will be in her bed. Something is very wrong, everyone knows it, its just most of you don't have the guts to say it yet. But you will as time goes on and it becomes more and more apparent while your kids cant afford houses, or an education etc.

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  • cresswell1  |  January 29 2013, 1:27PM

    they can be racist to uk people and our troops, and they get away with it.

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  • brochadav  |  January 29 2013, 12:35PM

    I abhor racism but 8 weeks for a few offensive words when burglars and muggers go free?? I read recently that murderers and rapists have walked out of an open prison and 37 are at large in our communities, and we send a silly, misguided person to prison for this. No wonder people have lost faith in our crime and punishment/law and order system.

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