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Scottish Facebook rioters get three years’ porridge

Two teens get three years each
Mon Dec 12 2011, 16:06

TWO TEENAGERS who started a riot in Scotland using Facebook have got three years each in prison.

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

The pair had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breaching the peace.

Divin was sentenced to a total of four years and three months, including one year for breaching a previous probation order and three months for breaching his bail by inciting riots.

Sentences for inciting riots via social networks have varied hugely in degree. In August, two were imprisoned for four years for inciting riots on Facebook, while another man got off scot-free after writing a letter of apology, highlighting the capriciousness of the UK judicial system.

Facebook was used as a vehicle for other incitements to rioting, with two girls, aged 13 and 14, receiving referral orders for stealing designer clothes after finding out about looting on Facebook. The judge slated what he called "the Facebook generation", which he classified as "selfish, self-motivated and unable to think for yourself". µ


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