A Cupar man who made a racially abusive remark on Facebook about the town’s Turkish barber has been fined £200 and ordered to pay £200 in compensation to his victim.
Lee Dalrymple (18) was told by Sheriff Charles Macnair in Cupar that he would have gone to jail had it not been for the fact that he was a first offender.
The sheriff said racial abuse on the social networking site was ‘wholly unacceptable.’
Appearing from custody, Dalrymple admitted sending a racially offensive Facebook comment to Omer Kupali on January 19.
The court heard that Mr Kupali did not know the accused personally, but his partner received a text message telling her that abusive Facebook posts had been made about him that referred to his shop being vandalised.
“One was from the accused,” said depute fiscal Joanne Smith.
“It read ‘Paki black b******s are getting boycotted.’
“Both the complainer and his partner were extremely unhappy and went to Cupar Police Station to report the matter.
“Screen shots of the page were printed to officers and the accused was traced.”
Ms Smith said that Dalrymple, of 43 Sandylands Road, made a full admission, telling police that he believed his friend had been the victim of an assault by someone from the barber shop. He was angry with himself as it had been a ‘daft’ thing to do.
Solicitor Douglas Williams told the court the comment had been ‘ill-advised and ill-judged.’
“He reacted in response to what he thought was an assault,” he said.
“He is extremely remorseful and regretful. In the light of current news he knows this is an issue and he’s sorry to be caught up in it.
“It is a lesson learned.”