The family of missing Glenrothes man, Allan Bryant, have been subjected to a barrage of horrific social media messages by an internet troll claiming he had brutally murdered their son, a court heard last week.
Stewart McInroy, (23), posted a string of vile messages on the Facebook page set up by the family in the wake of their son’s disappearance last November.
He appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court last week having previously admitted that on April 16 he used a false identity he had created to post comments claiming to have killed the missing Glenrothes man.The court was told that in April, McInroy used social media to contact Mr Bryant Snr claiming to have tortured and brutally killed his son.
McInroy had set up a Facebook in a false name - Daniel Brunton - before sending a series of messages to Becky Gallacher, a friend of Allan Bryant Jnr, claiming to have taken the missing man hostage.
The following day Mr Bryant Snr was informed that messages had been posted to the campaign Facebook page - Find Allan Bryant Jnr - which now has over 9000 followers.
The court heard a message posted by ‘Daniel Brunton’ read: “i am the killer of Allan Bryant when he walked home i stopped my van grabbed him holded (sic) him hostage till i found out he was on they (sic) news so i brutally tortured him”.
McInroy then shared the message on his own Facebook profile saying “sorry but the family need to know”.
He later posted further exchanges between his two profiles, including as Daniel Brunton: “beg for it and I will release the bodies” and “oh well then the Bryant family shall never see their decomposed Allan again - i’m letting you white people rot”.
Depute Fiscal Claire Bremner said that McInroy contacted police reporting threats of made to him by the fictional Daniel Brunton. Police then found that the posts had in-fact come from a mobile phone owned by McInroy.
He later admitted to police he had claimed to be the killer of Allan Bryant.
McInroy, from Dunfermline, is currently on remand at HMP Edinburgh, he faces three charges, all in relation to section 38 of the Criminal Justice and licencing (Scotland) Act 2010 - behaving in an threatening or abusive manner.
Defence solicitor Michelle Renton requested that the court defer sentence to allow further background reports to be considered.
Sheriff Ian Abercrombie called for criminal justice social work and psychiatric reports.
A bail request was refused and McInroy was remanded in custody until August 27 when he will be sentenced.