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Man who abused Nova Peris on Facebook gets eight-month suspended sentence

Man who abused Nova Peris online leaves court after he was sentenced to a suspended sentence.
Chris Nelson originally claimed his Facebook account had been hacked.

A man who made abusive and racist comments about former Labor senator Nova Peris has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence.
He had been facing a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

Among the comments he posted was: "Go back to the bush and suck on witchity [sic] grubs and yams."
"You were only endorsed by Juliar because you were a black c***," the comments read.
Nelson, who is based at Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast, was arrested at his business in May after making the comments about the Northern Territory senator.
In sentencing him at Woy Woy Local Court, the magistrate said there was no justification for his comments, which were clearly offensive to all Australians.
Nelson was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.
During the hearing Nelson's lawyer told the court his client was not proud of his actions, saying he had a "brain snap" and "went off like a firecracker".
Nelson also conceded he was unaware of the far-reaching implications of his comments.
In court, Nelson did not show any emotion and refused to make a comment to reporters on his way out.
The court heard that a letter of apology would be sent to Ms Peris.
At the time the messages were sent Nelson was the secretary of the Woy Woy (Peninsula) Branch of the Liberal Party.
He was expelled within hours of his arrest.

No one should feel discriminated against: Peris

After Nelson entered his plea last month, Ms Peris said in a statement she welcomed the news that he had admitted his guilt.
On her own social media accounts, Ms Peris labelled the comments as "racist and vile hatred".
She said she would always call out racism and said no-one had a right to make anyone else feel threatened or discriminated against.
Court documents reveal the slur that went viral was not the only Facebook post Nelson made to the outgoing senator that day.
His social media accounts have since been shut down but further police investigations found that he posted a second racially abusive message.
The comments included several instances of profanity.
In his admissions to police, he stated he was not motivated by racism but by government policies on illegal immigration and Aboriginal welfare payments.


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