After writing hateful comments for months, a man was sentenced to five years of probation in Slovakia.
A resident in Poprad, Slovakia, who had been writing hateful comments full of threats and profanity for months, was sentenced to five years probation, reports The Slovak Spectator. In the comment section of the daily Sme, he used the handle „Incinerator of Jews – SJWSs – Liberals.” The comments started appearing only a few weeks after the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.
Although his posts were deleted by admins, he created new accounts with the same nickname. In total, he used 150 different e-mail addresses, which he set up with a foreign e-mail service provider. Almost all these addresses started with the term „smeckaripatriadopece”, meaning „Sme reporters belong in the incinerator.”
The 41-year-old Ján L. was sentenced to 5 years of probation by the Specialised Criminal Court last week, the longest possible sentence the court can apply. The convicted man will be sent behind bars for two years if he violates the conditions. When reading the verdict, Judge Ján Buvala added that in 40 years of practice, he had never experienced anything reaching this level of aggressiveness or vulgarity. The man made dangerous threats, mainly targeting daily Sme editor-in-chief Beata Balogová, as well as the entire editorial offices.
While the perpetrator did not even use anonymous accounts, he tried to use the excuse that he was not the person who wrote hateful comments, claiming that someone else sat down in front of his computer. However, an expert opinion proved that all the comments were created on the man’s computer, tablet and mobile phone.
„This is the last warning for the defendant, so that his behaviour during the probationary period gives no reason to change the sentence,” declared Judge Ján Buvala.