In the Media

Jail for thug who wore 'one less pig' t-shirt after death of policewomen

PUBLISHED October 11, 2012

A man who wore a t-shirt with "one less pig, perfect justice" scrawled on it three hours after PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes were murdered has been jailed.

Barry Thew, 39, was sentenced to eight months for his "morally reprehensible actions" shortly after one of the worst police shootings in British history.

The two police women were allegedly lured to their deaths with a false report of a burglary on September 18th and shot 13 times and blown up by a grenade.

Baseball-capped Thew was spotted walking through Radcliffe town centre in Bury with a t-shirt saying "one less pig, perfect justice" and " haha" on the back.

He had hand-written the offensive comments and was displaying his view on the killings of the Greater Manchester Police officers but was arrested.

Thew, of Radcliffe, admitted a single public order offence and was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday.

Insp Bryn Williams said: "Officers on the ground were just learning of and trying to come to terms with the devastating news that two colleagues had been murdered.

"Thew thought nothing of going out in public with a t-shirt daubed with appalling hand written comments on.

"Thankfully the overwhelming response from the public prove that Thew is the exception and not the rule and our communities were right behind us at our darkest hour.

"To mock or joke about the tragic events of that morning is morally reprehensible and Thew has rightly been convicted and sentenced for his actions."