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Lurgan man who sent menacing message following stabbings will be sentenced next month

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A Lurgan man who sent a menacing message online after taking “umbrage” at a public post will learn his fate next month.

The 27-year-old, whose brother was a victim of a recent stabbing incident in Lurgan, sent the message after taking “umbrage to a post from the injured party,” a court has heard.

Daniel Treanor, of Garland Avenue, pleaded guilty to improper use of public electronic communication at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday.

Defence barrister Conor Lunny stated: “There were two or three stabbings in the Lurgan area; Mr Treanor’s brother was one of the victims.

“He took umbrage at a public post from the injured party and he reacted with unsavoury language.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “It is not too long ago that a politician in England was killed by someone who had sent her threatening messages online.

“Your generation think that by being a keyboard warrior you are causing no harm; I can assure you that it not the case”.

The case was adjourned until September 6 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

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