A convert to Islam, Leroy McCarthy, 22, who went by the name of Abdullah Mahmood and described himself as a “Soldier of Allah,” escaped terrorism charges after posting a string of terrorism-inciting comments because of his Facebook ‘privacy’ settings.
UK Daily Mail Lee Dacre, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court: ‘He would have been here today on a terrorism charge but for the settings on his Facebook. It’s a legal technicality.’
McCarthy, who has 340 Facebook friends, said: ‘They wouldn’t be able to evacuate all of FGH’s (Furness General Hospital) patients in time before at least one of the three explosions.’
McCarthy/Mahmood, from Barrow in Cumbria, who has 14 months left on licence after he was released in June for assaulting his partner, also posted: ’14 months then it’s passport and off to join my people’s cause. I cannot wait to turn my back on the UK.’
He added: ‘ A few months left and all my brothers are free. All them months of planning and it will be like a belated bonfire night for all those involved.’
McCarthy/Mahmoud was arrested on a malicious communications charge on October 8 and told officers ‘if he was going to bomb somewhere it would be the Trafford Centre’.
Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: ‘He accepts the postings would have been grossly offensive and upsetting, but they were taken out of context. ‘He had fallen out with his sister who works at the hospital.
Shockingly, he even mocked murdered soldier Lee Rigby, who was beheaded in the street by two African Muslim terrorists, calling him a ‘white coward who invades countries and rapes people,’ the court was told.
‘He converted to Islam when he was released from prison in 2015 and he is more peaceful since then.
Other posts were described as anti-Semitic and homophobic. McCarthy was jailed for 18 weeks, ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £115.