Man filmed himself hurling abuse at autistic neighbour before posting video to Instagram
A man filmed himself hurling abuse at his autistic neighbour before uploading the video on social media.
Ryan Perry went outside his home, on Chantry Avenue, in Bloxwich, and started hurling insults at the victim and his father who were washing a car.
The 22-year-old was prompted to do it after looking out of his window and seeing the young man was acting ‘stupidly amusingly’, Walsall Magistrates’ Court heard.
But the unprovoked tirade which took place on December 5 unravelled when Perry put the video on Instagram prompting a backlash from people who thought it was inappropriate.
One of them was the victim’s cousin who told fellow family members.
Perry was arrested by police and charged with ‘harassment without violence’.
Prosecutor Mr Tim Talbot-Webb applied for a restraining order.
He said the victim now felt even more vulnerable because his father had passed away.
A solicitor speaking on Perry’s behalf told the court he was unaware of the victim’s condition and he removed the video an hour later because of the reaction.
The lawyer also said he was hugely apologetic.
Perry admitted the charge which he committed days before a conditional discharge for criminal damage was due to expire.
Magistrates handed him a 12-month community order which requires him to carry out a 10-day rehabilitation activity and 100 days of unpaid work.
He was told to pay £135 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
The magistrates also granted the restraining order meaning Perry cannot make any contact with the victim or put anything on social media relating to him.