War widow’s disgust at net troll

Natalie Coupe, widow of Sgt Nigel Coupe (below), and Azhar Ahmed (bottom) arriving at Hudderfield Magistrates' Court.
Natalie Coupe, widow of Sgt Nigel Coupe (below), and Azhar Ahmed (bottom) arriving at Hudderfield Magistrates' Court.
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A WAR widow says she wants a tough sentence for a man who made a sick jibe at her hero husband on the internet.

Grieving Natalie Coupe today hit out at 20-year-old Azhar Ahmed who left abusive remarks about Sgt Nigel Coupe – the St Annes soldier killed in Afghanistan in March – on Facebook.

Sgt Nigel Coupe

Sgt Nigel Coupe

Sgt Coupe was fighting on the front line in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on March 6, killing him and five colleagues.

The entire nation reacted in shock at the terrible loss of life but two days after the tragedy Ahmed took to social networking website Facebook to describe the soldiers as “low life scum” who were going to hell.

Ahmed from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was found guilty of sending a grossly offensive communication at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court.

And Sgt Coupe’s wife Natalie, from St Annes, said she blocks out any criticism of the forces as she focuses on bringing up the couple’s two children five-year-old Ella and Jasmine, aged three.

Azhar Ahmed arrives at Huddersfield Magistrates Court.

Azhar Ahmed arrives at Huddersfield Magistrates Court.

The 28-year-old told The Gazette: “I’ve got enough to worry about before I consider what some low life has said. “I’m just glad my daughters aren’t old enough to know what it all means. It’s hurtful and disgusting.

“I’m glad he has been found guilty and I hope the sentence reflects the upset it has caused me and the other families.”

Sgt Coupe, 33, of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, was the most senior soldier on the Warrior armoured personnel carrier destroyed in the Taliban bomb explosion.

Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19, Pte Daniel Wade, 20 and Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, also died in the blast. They were from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

After being found guilty at court, Ahmed apologised to the people who took offence at his remarks.

However, Mrs Coupe refused to accept his apology.

She added: “I don’t think he is sorry otherwise he wouldn’t have written it in the first place. I had heard about what had happened after he posted it but I chose not to react and get on with it because I can’t let it affect me.”

Mrs Coupe is now calling for tougher restrictions to be placed on social networking sites to prevent people from posting offensive messages.

She said: “It should be monitored more closely and everything should go through a filter which is authorised before posts go on there.

“This wouldn’t just help my case but all the other cases of racial abuse and bullying going on. I can only imagine what the other families reading it would have thought.

“I have to get on with my life with my children but the other families have lost children and it’s awful.”

Following the fatal attack, Sgt Coupe’s commanding officer Lt Colonel Zac Stenning, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: “He was quite simply, the best.”

Prime Minister David Cameron added that the news of the six deaths marked a “desperately sad day for our country”.

Ahmed will be sentenced on October 9.