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Flint teenager in court for homophobic Facebook rant

A TEENAGER has been prosecuted because of the homophobic nature of a message he left on another man’s Facebook page.

Jordan Campbell McKenzie, 18, was told by District Judge Andrew Shaw, sitting at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold today (Friday), his offence was a hate crime.

The court heard McKenzie was at the time on licence following a previous youth custody sentence, but the judge said he was not going to send him back behind bars.

He decided to impose a 12-month community penalty instead.

McKenzie, of Lon Groes, Flint, was ordered to pay £85 costs.

Christine O’Kane, prosecuting, said that in February the complainant and his partner had been in Sainsbury’s when a youth, not the defendant, started calling him derogatory names of a homophobic nature.

The victim confronted him and told him to behave.

A few days later the victim was on social networking website Facebook when he received messages from the same youth calling him names.

There was then a further message, written by the defendant, which abused and threatened the complainant.

McKenzie had admitted sending a malicious message and was sorry for what had occurred, said Brian Cross, defending.