Count Dankula Donates £800 To Children’s Hospital Instead Of Paying Fine To Government
Prominent YouTube personality Mark Meecher – more commonly known as Count Dankula – has donated £800 to a children’s hospital charity rather than paying his fine – of the same amount – to the government.
He was fined earlier this month for what was deemed a “grossly offensive” joke video on YouTube, in which he taught his girlfriend’s dog to perform a Nazi salute upon hearing certain well-known Nazi phrases.
During the case, the prosecution said that the context of the video and the offensive content is irrelevant to his conviction, and the judge agreed, in what has become a landmark court case in the global free speech debate.
It was originally thought that Dankula would face up to a year in prison, but he was eventually sentenced to an £800 fine instead.
However, despite the smaller sentence, his conviction has still sparked outrage amid claims that Dankula is the first of many to be convicted of a thought crime in Britain.
Rather than paying his £800 fine – which he was totally opposed to – he decided to donate the money to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, where the money will help to treat hundreds of thousands of children.
In a letter to Dankula, the charity said: “Your donation will help us to ensure that the 160,000 babies, children and young people treated at the Royal Hospital for Children every year recieve the best possible care.”