Facebook threat to burn house

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A MAN upset his brother when he sent him a message via Facebook threatening to burn a friend’s house down.

Martin King, 24, of Ribble Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to harassing his brother.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge said he was dealing with more and more cases involving the use of Facebook and commented that the social site did not make people using it invisible in regard to the messages they sent.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police had warned King about harassing his brother.

But on February 8 King sent his brother three messages, one threatening to burn down a woman friend’s home, the second stating “you’re next” and the third which read “I know where you live and where you go all the time.”

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had learning difficulties.

King’s brother did not want a restraining order imposed on the defendant.

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