Teenagers locked up for Facebook riot threats

Two teenagers who used a social networking website to try to start a riot in a Scottish city during this summer’s disorder in England have been locked up.

Shawn Divin, 16, and Jordan McGinley, 18, used a Facebook page named “Riot in the toon” to call for unrest in Dundee.

Facebook offence

Shawn Divin (L) and Jordan McGinley were both administrators of the Facebook page

More than 2,000 people viewed the event posting online, in which they were invited to “kill some f***ing daftys“, attack police officers and loot shops on August 17.

The pair, who later insisted it was meant to be a joke, both admitted charges of breach of the peace at an earlier hearing.

Passing sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court, Sheriff Elizabeth Munro told them: “It’s clear that the circumstances of this particular offence are extremely serious.”

She sentenced both teenagers to three years’ detention for the Facebook offence.

Divin also had an extra 15 months added to his sentence for a breach of probation and the fact that he committed the offence while on bail. His overall sentence received totalled four years and three months.

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