Rothesay teen admits abusive Facebook messages

A Rothesay teenager pleaded guilty on October 28 to sending messages "by means of a public electronic communications network" that were "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character".

A Rothesay teenager pleaded guilty on October 28 to sending messages "by means of a public electronic communications network" that were "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character".

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A Rothesay teenager who sent threatening and abusive Facebook messages to a 15-year-old girl was ordered to stay out of trouble for the next six months when he appeared at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

Nineteen-year-old Ross McGinty, address given as Flat 3, 1 Havelock Terrace, pleaded guilty a charge of sending messages via a public electronic communications network “that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in that they contained threats of violence and abusive comments” on September 13.

The Facebook messages were sent to a friend of McGinty’s former partner and were reported to police that evening.

Fiscal depute Lindy Scaife told the court that in the messages McGinty had threatened to set fire to the girl’s home, and had warned her that he was “not finished” and that “your day will f*****g come”.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson said: “So much for 21st-century civilisation. It’s just disgusting the way people are moved to put this sort of stuff on a public forum. They’ve all gone mad, in my opinion.”

* More on this story in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 31.