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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Nazi shame of racist comment Carlisle soldier

A Carlisle soldier in court for posting a racist comment online has now uploaded swastikas and an image of him doing the Nazi salute.

Warren Butler photo
One of Warren Butler’s online photographs

Disgraced Warren Butler, 19, who posted a sick comment about the death of a four-year-old boy of Indian origin, this week loaded photographs showing him draped in a Nazi flag and with the swastika behind him.

His distraught mother Deborah Ferguson, 46, from Longsowerby, Carlisle, said she was disgusted by her son’s racist behaviour – made even worse when he lied in court about his upbringing, saying it he had been brought up in a racist culture.

Now, Mrs Ferguson’s anguish has deepened after she saw the new Facebook account, awash with neo-Nazi images, including a photo of the shaven-headed Butler, a Grenadier Guardsman, saluting before a Nazi flag in his bedroom.

The other images include the skull insignia of a racist supremacist group known as White Power.

The Army declined to confirm whether Butler will now be kicked out but his mother said she had been told he will be.

She said: “He just doesn’t seem to be listening to me.

“I don’t know what to do. The Army have told me he will be discharged. He knows I am disgusted with this stuff. I’m at the end of my tether.

“Some of his cousins don’t want to know him any more and he’s lost a lot of his friends in the Army because of it. I’ve told him I’ll always be there for him but I can’t forgive him for this.

“At the end of the day, he’s brought it on himself, and he’s lost his Army career.”

A spokesman for the Army said “The Army does not tolerate racist, inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour and operates a zero tolerance policy to all forms of harassment and discrimination.

“All service personnel are expected to abide by our values and standards in all they do. All those found to fall short of the Armed Forces’ high standards may be dealt with through the disciplinary process up to and including dismissal.

“Queen’s Regulations forbids regular service personnel in uniform taking any active part in the affairs of any political organisation, party or movement and they are not to participate in political marches or demonstrations.

“Members of the Armed Forces are free to join lawful political parties and are entitled to their beliefs.

“Racism of any kind is completely unacceptable.”

Butler first hit the headlines when he posted an appallingly cruel and racist comment on his Facebook page about the suspicious death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, whose family hail from India.

Butler was sentenced to 16-weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 250 hours community service.

It is not known when the Nazi images on the soldier’s website were posted, nor whether he has had access to his Facebook page since the case was dealt with.

The Facebook page has since been taken down.

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