Man admits racist Mikaeel Kular tweets

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A MAN has admitted making a string of offensive online comments about tragic Mikaeel Kular.

Darren Shepstone, from Derbyshire, posted “racially aggravated” abusive tweets when the three-year-old vanished last month.

Mikaeel’s body was discovered the day after he was first reported missing from his Drylaw home.

Shepstone, 26, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court today and admitted sending tweets that were “grossly offensive or of an obscene character”.

His lawyer Kate Fairburn said her client was drunk and dealing with the end of a relationship when he made the comments.

She told the court: “On that night he had been drinking in a public house with his friends. He had just been through a break-up of a relationship, which he had taken particularly hard. He appreciated what he did was not acceptable. He has already been suspended from work because of this.”

Presiding magistrate David Turton told Shepstone: “This is a case that could have caused many people distress through reading it.

“The number of people who read (the tweets) we just don’t know. The distress could be wider than we are aware.”

Shepstone was given unconditional bail and will be sentenced on March 18.

Mikaeel’s mother, Rosdeep Adekoya, 33, has been charged with her son’s murder and an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.