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.