14/09/2012 14:16 BST | Updated 14/09/2012 14:19 BST

Azhar Ahmed Trial: Man, 20, On Trial For 'Unacceptable' Facebook Jibes At Dead British Soldiers

A man who posted a message on Facebook following the deaths of six British troops which said "all soldiers should die and go to hell" has told a court that what he wrote was "unacceptable".

Azhar Ahmed, 20, admitted posting the status update after reading about the deaths of the soldiers in March.

The six soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the deadliest single attack on British forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

Huddersfield Magistrates Court heard Ahmed posted his message two days after the deaths.

It said (all sic): "People gassin about the deaths of Soldiers! What about the innocent familys who have been brutally killed.

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Azhar Ahmed in March this year

"The women who have been raped.

"The children who have been sliced up!

"Your enemy's were the Taliban not innocent harmful (sic) familys (sic).

"All soldiers should DIE & go to HELL! THE LOWLIFE F****N SCUM!

"gotta problem. go cry at your soldiers grave and wish him hell because thats where he is going."

Ahmed told the court he immediately started to receive critical comments on his page and realised the second half of his post was "unacceptable".

But he denied it was "grossly offensive", telling a district judge he thought it would have been "upsetting" and caused "distress".

Ahmed denies sending a message which was grossly offensive.