Self-styled 'soldier of Allah' jailed after hospital explosion threat and speaking of bomb attack on Manchester's Trafford Centre

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Leroy McCarthy, also known as Abdullah Mahmood. Image Leroy McCarthy/Facebook
Leroy McCarthy, also known as Abdullah Mahmood. Image Leroy McCarthy/Facebook
10 October 2017 9:08AM

A MAN who suggested bombing Furness General Hospital and Manchester's Trafford Centre has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.

Leroy McCarthy, 22, of Hall Street, Barrow, was arrested on Saturday after a series of "offensive, anti-semitic and homophobic" Facebook posts to his 340 online friends.

He appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates' Court in Barrow today, October 9, charged with malicious communications.

Mr Lee Dacre, prosecuting, said: "He would have been here today on a terrorism charge but for the settings on his Facebook. It is a legal technicality."

McCarthy, using the name Abdullah Mahmood, said: "They wouldn't be able to evacuate all of FGH's patients in time before at least one of the three explosions."

Mr Dacre said: "When he was interviewed by police he asked what happened to freedom of speech, and said if he was going to bomb somewhere it would be the Trafford Centre."

McCarthy, who also called himself a soldier of Allah, has 14 months left on licence after being released from custody in June after assaulting his partner.

He also posted: "14 months then it's passport and off to join my people's cause. I cannot wait to turn my back on the UK."

Another post called murdered soldier Lee Rigby a "white coward who invades countries and rapes people", and said "free my brother".

 Leroy McCarthy, also known as Abdullah Mahmood. Image Leroy McCarthy/Facebook

Leroy McCarthy, also known as Abdullah Mahmood. Image Leroy McCarthy/Facebook

He also posted: "A few months left and all my brothers are free. All them months of planning and it will be like a belated bonfire night for all those involved."

Ms Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: "He accepts the postings would have been grossly offensive and upsetting, but they were taken out of context.

"He had fallen out with his sister who works at the hospital.

"He has also never been abroad on a lads holiday and he wanted to leave the UK to get his life back on track."

Other posts were described as anti-semitic and homophobic.

Ms Fawcett said: "He has pleaded guilty today and the officers who have been with him actually thanked him for how open and frank he has been.

"He reverted to become a Muslim when he was released from prison in 2015 and he is more peaceful since then. He had taken about 20 valium on the day he posted these.

"He was homeless and struggling to get by. He has got a flat for the first time since being released and is due to move to Egerton Court on Wednesday."

McCarthy was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

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a   b , London Thursday, 19 October, 2017 at 9:40AM
I don't know if 18 weeks actually means 9 weeks with good behaviour? It should be at least 10 years, as this person is clearly under the influence of "the religion of peace". Why do all politicians from all parties keep saying "true" Islam is peaceful. (Answer: they are snivelling liars). Islam was invented by Mohammed as an ideology to justify him and his people pillaging, murdering and raping their way round Saudi Arabia and then the world. 
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Paul   Dickinson , BARROW-IN-FURNESS Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 at 3:40PM
Does it make sense to move him near to a nuclear/navy facility & its personnel? Also Egerton Court/Barrow Island is tarnished enough without adding more criminals to the area or is this yet again an issue to keep all criminals/trouble makers in one area & ignore the views of law abiding residents.
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r   j , barrow-in-furness Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 at 10:21AM
Absolute moron - should of been tried on terrorism, sod off and move abroad, making sick comments like that your a disgrace to this country! -oh yes egerton court gets yet another waste of space!
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Stacey   Mitchell , Barrow Monday, 09 October, 2017 at 5:47PM
18 weeks!!! What a joke!!!
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