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Facebook 'troll' sent to jail

A MAN who vandalised Facebook tribute sites for two dead children, including Bundaberg girl Trinity Bates, has been jailed.

Self-confessed “troll” Bradley Paul Hampson, 29, formerly of Bundaberg, posted lewd pictures and wrote offensive messages on the two sites in February last year.

On one Facebook tribute site for a dead 12-year-old boy, he wrote “woot I’m dead” across an image of the child.

He also morphed a photo of the boy’s face inside a woodchipper and made it appear blood was coming from the machine.

On another, he wrote sexually explicit comments claiming he had raped and killed eight-year-old Trinity.

“My definition of pleasure ... listening to her ribs crack,” he wrote.

To post his comments, Hampson used the name of a Bundaberg man who he claimed to have gone to school with.

Hampson admitted the man whose identity he used had been bullied by other students at his school.

The court was told that man told police he was distressed his name had been used to make such comments.

The court also heard when detectives examined Hampson’s personal computer, they found almost 200 images that depicted children as the victims of abuse and sadism.

They also found images of missing British girl Madeleine McCann and murdered British boy James Bulger with lewd pictures superimposed on their faces.

Hampson yesterday pleaded guilty to distributing child exploitation material, using the internet to menace, harass or cause offence and possessing child exploitation material.

Judge Kerry O’Brien sentenced him to three years’ jail and ordered he be released after 12 months.

Taking into account seven-and-a-half months Hampson has already spent in custody, he will be out of prison in September.

During Hampson’s bail hearing in June last year, the court heard there were fears for his safety after his Brisbane address was published.

His lawyer said the only other places he could go to live were with family or friends in Bundaberg – something she deemed “totally unacceptable”.



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