David Hurlstone, Specialist Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said:
“While Philip Burgess, like others, posted remarks on Facebook encouraging people to take part in the disorder, he went further and posted remarks which incited racial hatred.
“This meant that not only was Burgess charged with intentionally encouraging others to “riot”, but also with three offences of stirring up racial hatred.
“On 9 August 2011, Burgess posted a 'message to all' saying 'We need to start riot’n we need to put Manchester on the map, first lets riot king street Manchester haha.' Later that day, and on the next two days, he posted three further messages on his Facebook page, each of which was abusive and insulting, and likely in the circumstances to stir up racial hatred.
“For someone to use Facebook to organise and orchestrate disorder at a time when incidents were taking place in the North West – frightening a great many people – is unacceptable. To then add expressions such as “bring in the KKK” and refer to “monkey language” crosses the line from obnoxious language to a criminal offence.
“Burgess has a previous conviction for racially aggravated common assault and the Judge was made aware of this prior to sentencing him to a total of three years' imprisonment for these offences”.