Decorator who posted 'utterly vile' anti-Muslim rants is jailed

Decorator who covered Facebook with ‘utterly vile’ anti-Muslim rants calling for all mosques to be burned is jailed for 20 months

  • Paul Shelton, 51, used anonymous Facebook account to post ‘vile’ messages
  • He used alias ‘Pedro Smokey’ to brand Muslims ‘s**t-stinking paedos’ and ‘dirty’ 
  • Shelton pleaded guilty to publishing materials that would incite religious hatred
  • He now has a ‘half Iraqi grandson who he spoils rotten’, his lawyer told the court 

A painter and decorator who branded Muslims ‘s**t-stinking paedos’ before calling for all mosques to be burned and for ‘bacon to be cooked on the ashes’ has been jailed for 20 months.  

Paul Shelton, 51, of High Peak, Derbyshire, used an anonymous social media account to post the ‘utterly vile’ rants on a public Facebook group, Derby Crown Court heard. 

Using the alias Pedro Smokey, Shelton regularly spewed his abhorrent views, describing Muslims as ‘dirty’ and ‘twisted’.

His defence counsel said he has since discovered he has a half Iraqi grandson who he ‘spoils rotten’ – which his lawyer said was an ‘ironic silver lining’, reported Derbyshire Live. 

Shelton pleaded guilty to two counts of publishing material that would incite religious hatred. 

Jailing him for 20 months, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: ‘What you posted was utterly vile, grossly offensive and appalling.

‘No right-thinking person would think this is anything other than abhorrent.

Paul Shelton (pictured), 51, of High Peak, Derbyshire, used an anonymous social media account to post ‘utterly vile’ rants on a public Facebook group, Derby Crown Court heard

‘The internet is a wonderful thing which has brought many benefits for all of our society.

‘The problem, however, is that it is a medium which allows individual groups to peddle hate against sections of our society.

‘Your views demonstrated hostility towards Muslims which does not allow me to accept the submission these were merely drunken rants.

‘You posted anonymously and included you talking about an EDL (English Defence League) protest ‘outside Didsbury paedo cult hall’ in which you said people should ‘burn it down and cook our bacon on its ashes’.

‘You called for Islam to be ‘completely outlawed in our country’ and said ‘we need to burn all mosques in our country.’ 

Jennifer Joseph, prosecuting, said police became aware of anti-Muslim postings made by a Facebook profile called ‘Pedro Smokey,’ which following an investigation in late 2018, turned out to be Shelton.

Ms Joseph said the vile diatribes were posted on an open public group dubbed The Realist People Movement.

Shelton’s first post read: ‘We need to burn all mosques in our country, what say you?’ which received messages of support from other online users.

Ms Joseph said a second posting branded Muslims ‘dirty, twisted, s***-stinking, paedos’ and contained a racially offensive term towards Asian people.

She said: ‘(The prosecution) say it would not be right to suggest the messages are completely out of character and just a drunken mistake.

‘He was interviewed and he was not particularly co-operative.

‘He would not tell the police what his Facebook password was and when asked ‘are you Pedro Smokey?’ he replied ‘I can’t answer that question’.’

Using the alias Pedro Smokey, Shelton regularly spewed his abhorrent views, describing Muslims as ‘dirty’ and ‘twisted’ (Pictured: Derby Crown Court) 

Shelton, of no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts of publishing material that would incite religious hatred. 

Richard Orme, mitigating, said since being arrested Shelton has reunited with his estranged daughter who now has an Iraqi partner. They also share a child, making him a grandfather. 

Mr Orme said: ‘It’s a beautiful and ironic silver lining that he adores his half-Iraqi grandson and, in his own words, spoils him rotten.

‘There has been a lot of water under the bridge, this is three-and-a-half years old and he is a new man who now does not share those views.

‘He bears no ill-will towards Muslims.’  

Shelton was also given a five-year criminal behaviour order limiting his use of the internet.

It means he must handover the details and passwords of all his social media accounts to police if and when required.  

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