Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee man admits Facebook shooting hoax

A Dundee man has admitted sparking a police incident after hacking into his ex-partner's Facebook account.

Robert Herd, 26, posed as his ex-partner and sent a Facebook message to his sister claiming he was out in the street shooting a gun in the air.

Police searched the alleged scene for Herd, who could not be found.

They located his ex-partner Ashley Miller inside her house - totally unaware of any incident. Sentence was deferred until 21 November.

Sheriff Peter Grant-Hutchison said the 26-year-old could face a custodial sentence.

Fiscal depute Bill Kermode told Dundee Sheriff Court that officers traced Herd at his flat.

He said: "Due to the information that he may be in possession of a firearm officers went to his address and found him at home.

"He was home alone and said he had been all day. He was taken to police HQ and his phone was seized.

"He was asked by police: 'Do you understand this message caused Bethany Herd to be upset and frightened so much that she believed you were standing out on a public street with a gun?'

"Herd replied: 'It's my wee sister - of course she's upset by it all'."

Herd, who was on bail at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to sending the messages over Facebook to his sister.

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