Activist fined for ‘trolling’ Galloway on Facebook

Neil Masterson of Central Drive Penwortham was fined for trolling George Galloway
Neil Masterson of Central Drive Penwortham was fined for trolling George Galloway
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A Pro-Israeli activist from Penwortham, jailed for attacking former Respect MP George Galloway in the street, was fined at a London court yesterday for ‘trolling’ him on Facebook in breach of a court restraining order.

Neil Masterson, 40, of Central Drive, has left the ex-Bradford West MP fearing for his safety every time he leaves home, Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard.

The construction student, who moved back home with his mother after his release from a 16-month sentence for punching Galloway, pleaded guilty to harassment and breaching the court order on July 30.

The probation service told the court the 28-day parole recall was sufficient punishment for the breach of the indefinite restraining order.

Defending, Julian Hunt described the offence as a “single comment, legitimate political comment.”

He said: “By putting that comment on George Galloway’s Facebook page he’s spent 28 days in custody.”

Masterson was fined £250, with a £180 court charge and a £25 victim surcharge.