Stephen Escott and Adam Pearson fined for sending anti-Semitic tweets following Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham game

Two men who sent anti-Semitic tweets following a London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham have been fined a total of more than £1,000.

Stephen Escott and Adam Pearson appeared separately at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court this morning. Both pleaded guilty to sending malicious communications.

Both men are West Ham supporters and were arrested following Spurs’ 3–0 defeat to West Ham at White Hart Lane on October 6, 2013.

The court heard that after the game Escott, 65, said on Twitter: “I’ve never seen the Yids leave the grounds so quick. Well f**k me, you would have thought they had turned the gas taps on.”

Before passing sentence, District Judge Perkins said: “I am taking into account that you deleted the message as soon as you realised it was offensive.

“It does, however, show the attitude you have, which is totally offensive to anyone of a reasonable good nature.”

Escott, who is on benefits, was ordered to pay a fine of £300, £85 victim surcharge and £60 in costs.

Pearsons, 23, from Hampshire, pleaded guilty to sending a similar tweet.

His message read: “We can stop them. The Yids from Tottenham, the Yids from White Hart Lane.”

The 23-year-old told the court he was deeply embarrassed and sorry for any offence he caused, and that he removed the tweet as soon as someone complained about it.

He added that he does not consider himself a racist or anti-Semitic person.

Judge Perkins said: “You have never been in trouble with the police before and you admitted the offence at the earliest opportunity.

“But your message did cause offence and would have been very distressing for anyone reading it.”

Pearson was ordered to pay a £400 fine, £100 victim surcharge and costs of £85.

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1:09pm Thu 13 Feb 14

svalmonte says...

As a spurs fan I think the first comment should be punished, but to be punished for the second comment is ridiculous. What is this country coming to? Frankly, there's nothing you can say to me, racist or not, that would really bother me. Such a load of nonsense
As a spurs fan I think the first comment should be punished, but to be punished for the second comment is ridiculous. What is this country coming to? Frankly, there's nothing you can say to me, racist or not, that would really bother me. Such a load of nonsense svalmonte

1:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

crgritchie says...

A disgrace that Sam Francis Parsons was charged, let alone convicted. The term 'yid' refers to Spurs just as much as it might to jewish people. The meanings of words change over time and the PC facist brigade should realise that before unleashing the thought police on us all. All he said was banter in the run up to a game.
The other comment by Stephen Escott had clear holocaust references and was rightly punished - that he ended up paying less than Parsons in his fine really does show how lost our justice system is.
A disgrace that Sam Francis Parsons was charged, let alone convicted. The term 'yid' refers to Spurs just as much as it might to jewish people. The meanings of words change over time and the PC facist brigade should realise that before unleashing the thought police on us all. All he said was banter in the run up to a game. The other comment by Stephen Escott had clear holocaust references and was rightly punished - that he ended up paying less than Parsons in his fine really does show how lost our justice system is. crgritchie

2:12pm Thu 13 Feb 14

HoskSpur says...

Sam Parsons comments were simply parodying a Spurs/West Ham (and various other London clubs) "knees up Mother Brown" song ; utterly ridiculous that it has been taken out of context by the religous nutters. (We are the *s from the shelf at Tottenham and the North Bank Highbury!) If he had been able to afford a decent brief they would have got that charge thrown out easily. Good job the Python team don't try a re-make of Life of Brian - they'd all be arrested!!
Sam Parsons comments were simply parodying a Spurs/West Ham (and various other London clubs) "knees up Mother Brown" song ; utterly ridiculous that it has been taken out of context by the religous nutters. (We are the *s from the shelf at Tottenham and the North Bank Highbury!) If he had been able to afford a decent brief they would have got that charge thrown out easily. Good job the Python team don't try a re-make of Life of Brian - they'd all be arrested!! HoskSpur

2:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

spurian says...

dirty west ham **** scum bags
dirty west ham **** scum bags spurian

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