A man has been sentenced to four years in jail after admitting he sent 600 homophobic and racist tweets in North West England.
According to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), David Bitton pleaded guilty to 13 separate charges of sending racist communication in Minshull Street Crown Court on Thursday.
According to police, the incident began in May of 2016 when a branch of the GMP was alerted to Bitton’s tweets, some of which were directed at the department itself.
Police arrested Bitton and interviewed him. He confessed to police that he only wrote the tweets to “gain followers,” and deleted them shortly after sending them, police said.
“Bitton tried to say that he didn’t mean what he had written and that he was only craving attention and followers,” said Detective Constable David Stevenson on the GMP’s website. “But the contents of what was in some of his tweets were of such a horrific, threatening and narrow-minded nature that today’s sentence is entirely justified.”
“Bitton will spend the next four years thinking about his actions and how they have affected the people they were aimed at,” Stevenson added.