Just 40 minutes after Daniel Sledden, 27, received a suspended term from Judge Beverley Lunt, he posted online: “Cannot believe my luck 2 year suspended sentance [sic] beats the 3 year jail yes pal! Beverly [sic] Lunt go suck my ****”.
Soon after, his brother, Samuel, 22, wrote: “What a day it’s been Burnley crown court! Up ur **** aha nice 2 year suspended...”
The defendants, from Accrington, Lancashire, were recalled for a sentence review when the remarks were brought to the attention of the judge after she previously heard their expressions of remorse for offending.
Yesterday, Judge Lunt said: “The question I have to ask myself is this, if I had not known their real feelings at being in court would I have accepted their remorse and contrition, and suspended the sentence.
"And the answer is of course not.
“Each of the posts indicate they have not changed at all. They have not taken on board anything or learned any responsibility.”
The Sleddens will now serve two years in prison.