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Man wrote on Facebook he hoped missing child Mikaeel was 'under bus'

Shaun Moth posted a series of offensive posts while the search was under way for the three-year-old in Edinburgh.

Mikaeel Kular Missing Edinburgh child January 2014 Police Scotland collect

A man posted on Facebook he hoped missing toddler Mikaeel Kular was found "under the wheels of a bus".

Shaun Moth posted a series of offensive posts on a group on the social networking website the day before the toddler’s body was found in woodland in Kirkcaldy.

The 45-year-old, from Whitehills, Aberdeenshire, pleaded guilty to conducting himself in a disorderly manner, posting grossly offensive comments on Facebook and breach of the peace aggravated by religious prejuidice at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Fiscal depute David Bernard said: "On the 16th of January this year Mikaeel Kular, who at the time was aged three, was reported missing by his mother in the Edinburgh area.

"A national media release was sent by Police Scotland to try to trace the child.

"On that date a post was put on the page for a group entitled Scotland United Against the racist SDL.

"During the evening of the 16th of January, one of the administrators for that Facebook page logged on to the page and that account to view recent activity.

"At this time she noticed a comment about the missing child which was made at 1745 hours that day by a user named Shaun Moth.

"The comment read 'Hopefully he'll be found... under the wheels of a bus'."

Several other comments were posted on Facebook by Moth and the administrator was "so offended" she decided to hide them from public view.

Among them was a statement from Moth that he would laugh when the child’s body was found.

Another post read: "I care not. One less ethnic regardless of his age is a good thing. Said what I wanted to and annoyed a few of your ilk. My work is done here. wpww 14/88."

Mr Bernard said the acronym wpww was understood to stand for White Power World Wide and 14/88 was a Neo-Nazi term for "Heil Hitler".

Moth also posted the comment: "Do you look for missing white kids as well?" on the page and called for another account user to concentrate on getting "that Arab loving ape" out of the White House.

The court heard Moth also posted a comment about Jews on the page.

The Facebook administrator contacted police and officers carried out a search of Moth’s home on January 29.

During his police interview, he described himself as a Nationalist Socialist, told officers he often went on to the Facebook page for debate and classed it as a left wing Marxist page for all Communist types.

Moth was asked if he was racist and said he was an intelligent man and "not a mindless yob".

He said in the interview: "My heritage is being stripped by these people. It's being systematically eroded and attacked by these people".

Sheriff William Summers remanded him in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

Police said the case should serve as a reminder to people that they would be brought to court if they posted offensive material online.

Chief Inspector John McCluskey said: "This case is another example of Police Scotland's commitment to pursue those who cause offence and distress to others on social media.

"People need to remember that they cannot hide behind social media and that if they make vile offensive comments online they will be prosecuted."

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