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Dundee teenagers jailed for Facebook riot threats

By Hamish Mackay

December 13, 2011 | 2 min read

Two Dundee teenagers, who used Facebook to try to start a riot in the city, were yesterday both jailed for three years when appearing for sentence after admitting breach of the peace charges.

Shawn Divin, 16, and Jordan McGinley, 18, were administrators of a Facebook page called "Riot in the toon" which urged people to "kill some daftys".

The Dundee riot page was published during the summer's unrest in England.

BBC Scotland reported that Dundee Sheriff Court, heard that the Facebook page encouraged others to smash up buildings, loot shops and attack police officers at the time of the riots which swept several English cities in August.

A message on the site written by Divin, who has convictions for assault and breach of the peace, stated: "Only join if yir actually gonna come - if anyone has guns bring them down to this - kill some daftys."

Police later arrested the pair - who both claimed it had been done "as a joke".

More than 200 people signed up to the event on the social networking site - with the page telling them to go to Dundee city centre between 19:00 and 22:00 on August 17.

Fiscal depute Lisa Welsh told the court police had been tipped off about the site by a journalist.

Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, and Jordan Blackshaw, 21, were jailed for four years over a Facebook riot page - with appeals against their sentences rejected.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Munro said: "I have thought long and hard about this case.

"A total of 221 people said they would attend the riot event in Dundee - and what made your actions particularly serious was that you both referred to weapons, and Mr McGinley you referred to guns.

"This is one of the worst breaches of the peace that I have ever had to deal with."

Sheriff Munro commented that “modern technology” had been a “sinister feature” of the English riots.

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