Facebook threat bid to change evidence

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A 19-YEAR-OLD sent the chilling message “dead man walking” to a man who is to give evidence.

Lewis Green used Facebook to threaten the man, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Green, of Ormond Avenue, North Shore, admitted intimidation designed to pervert the course of justice.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting said the man who received the message was the victim in a robbery and had made a statement to police.

He is due to give evidence in the case against a man charged with the theft.

Ms Yates said: “He found the message ‘dead man walking’ had appeared on his Facebook page.

“He sent a message back saying ‘what do you mean’ and a reply came that he had better change his statement or his mates will come looking for you.”

The victim went to the police who traced the person who had sent the messages.

Green was arrested and admitted what he had done.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said: “This was an incredibly stupid thing to do to involve himself in someone else’s dispute with nothing to gain.

“Young people spend a lot of time on Facebook but it is not faceless.”

Magistrates sent Green’s case to Preston Crown Court for sentence. He was bailed until he appears at the higher court on February 21.

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