Monday, December 12, 2011

They used Facebook to start a riot, now they use Facebook to keep boredom while in jail

Two teenagers have been jailed for three years for trying to organise a riot in Dundee using Facebook, at the height of the summer disturbances in England.

Jordan McGinley, 18, and Shawn Divin, 16, claimed they had set up the page named "riot in the toon" as a joke, while urging Facebook users to "kill some fucking daftys", loot shops and attack the police on 17 August.

Their page was viewed by more than 2,000 people after it was posted, with 221 saying they would attend and 68 others claiming they might attend.

McGinley and Divin, who were arrested on 11 August on suspicion of incitement to mob and riot, had already pleaded guilty to a breach of the peace and tried to play down their intentions. They insisted that the page was not a deliberate attempt to incite violence or a riot, but was a "joke that got a bit serious".