Vile Hillsborough tweeter facing jail threat

File photo dated 15/04/89 of an injured fan receiving attention on the pitch at Hillsborough.
File photo dated 15/04/89 of an injured fan receiving attention on the pitch at Hillsborough.
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A man described as a hermit who lived in his bedroom disgusted people by putting vile messages on the internet about those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

John Boden posted on one social site that he hoped someone dug up the 96 bodies, tied their bones to the back of a Transit van and drove it round the streets of Anfield.

Boden also posted: “96 wasn’t enough.”

Boden, 24, of Branstree Road, Mereside, pleaded guilty to two offences of sending a grossly offensive message via a public electronic communications network.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by District Judge David Scanlon sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge warned him: “Bearing in mind the nature of the messages and the effect on the recipients of the messages, there is a serious and genuine possibility this will attract a custodial sentence.”

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said the background to the case was the Hillsborough disaster of 25 years ago at Sheffield Wednesday FC in which 96 people lost their lives.

On April 27 this year Boden made a post on Facebook after Liverpool played Chelsea and lost 2-0 to Chelsea.

He posted: “Tell you what I lost every bit of respect I had for Liverpool and their fans after what happened last night. A Chelsea fan was stabbed in Liverpool by a group of Livepool fans and there was also a group of fans outside the Chelsea players’ hotel with loud music and fireworks, trying to keep them awake, how sad.”

The Gazette has chosen not to publish the exact wording of the rest of his expletive-laden diatribe due to its content.

The prosecutor added: “A man saw the message on Facebook and was shocked and disgusted.

“He had been a survivor of the tragedy.

“A woman, whose brother died at Hillsborough, described the post as derogatory and vile. One man contacted Facebook to ask the message be deleted.”

The man who asked for the message to be deleted, contacted Boden who messaged him privately: “96 lay dead on the jog on ya muppet.”

Peter Manning, defending, said Boden was single, lived with his parents and suffered from mental health issues.

Mr Manning added: “He is a young man who lives a very lonely life and does not get out much except to go out to medical appointments.

“He lives the life of a hermit in his bedroom.

“He realises what he did was wrong and caused a great deal of distress.

“He has expressed remorse.”