Friday 24 January 2020

Facebook riot pair sentenced to three years in jail

Hilary Duncanson

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 were locked up today.

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

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 today therefore totalled four years and three months.

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