A press release from the CPS:
A 25 year old man who used social media to harass a man because of his disability has been sentenced to six weeks imprisonment.
Saul Nyland, from Whitworth in Rochdale, pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment of the 31 year old victim.
Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that between December 2014 and July 2015 the defendant harassed the victim on social media and by phone. The victim has a severe speech impediment and some physical difficulties caused by an accident in childhood. The CPS prosecuted this case as a disability hate crime and his sentence was extended from four weeks to six weeks.
In a personal statement to the Court, the victim said that the abuse was “destroying his life” and affecting his relationship. He said he had stopped going out.
Lionel Cope from Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said:
“Nyland targeted the victim and…
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