Man (23) in court over “offensive” Facebook messages

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A man who posted three offensive messages on another man’s Facebook page appeared in court on Thursday for harassment.

Jack Hempsall (23), of Park Lane, Donington, pleaded guilty to pursuing a course of conduct amounting to the harassment of another by sending malicious communications via the social networking site between August 3-7 last year.

Spalding magistrates adjourned sentence to February 5 for a probation report.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the man replied to Hempsall’s second message, saying he had informed the police.

Hempsall replied: “I don’t care, man up and fight me.”

He ended that sentence with offensive language.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Hempsall had no wish for the matter to turn violent and the two men had passed one another in the street without incident. He wished to apologise.