April Jones: Man jailed for offensive posts has sentence cut

Matthew Woods
Image caption Matthew Woods appealed against his sentence

A man who posted offensive comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones has had his sentence cut.

Matthew Woods, 20, of, Chorley, Lancashire, was sentenced to 12 weeks in a young offenders institution by Chorley Magistrates last month.

He appealed and a judge sitting with two magistrates at Preston Crown Court reduced it to eight weeks.

Woods had admitted sending a grossly offensive public electronic communication.

It came after he made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing Madeline McCann.

April Jones went missing from near her home in Machynlleth, Powys, on 1 October.

A 46-year-old man has been charged with abducting and murdering her.

Woods, who is unemployed, had been drinking at a friend's house when he saw a joke online and changed it slightly before posting it on Facebook.

Members of the public were so upset about his posts they reported them to the police.

He was handed the maximum sentence when he appeared before magistrates on 8 October, less a third to give credit for his early guilty plea.

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