A man who described himself as a ‘soldier of Allah’ escaped a terrorism charge because of his Facebook settings.
Leroy McCarthy, 22, was going by the name Abdullah Mahmood when he was arrested for a string of offensive posts.
In one, he wrote about bombing Furness General Hospital, in Cumbria.
But he was not charged with a terrorism offence due to his social media settings.
Lee Dacre, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court: ‘He would have been here today on a terrorism charge but for the settings on his Facebook. It’s a legal technicality.’