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Facebook 'troll' Sean Duffy posted offensive image of Sophie Taylor

Sean Duffy arriving at court
Image caption Sean Duffy will be sentenced at a later date in Aberdeen

A convicted internet "troll" has admitted posting an offensive image of a teenage shooting victim on Facebook.

Sophie Taylor, 16, was accidentally shot by boyfriend Calum Murray, 18, at a cottage near Tomintoul, Moray, last April. The trainee gamekeeper then turned the gun on himself.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Sean Duffy, from the Reading area, admitted posting the doctored image on Facebook.

Sentence was deferred on Duffy, who was jailed for a similar offence last year.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison last September after admitting two "trolling" charges - a term used to describe the trend of anonymously seeking to provoke outrage by posting insults and abuse online.

BBC Scotland revealed on 20 April last year that police were investigating after a doctored Facebook image had been posted on Sophie's tribute page.

The image depicted the teenager with gunshot injuries.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said the image had later been removed.

Image caption Sophie Taylor and Calum Murray died of gunshot wounds

On the tribute page, those close to Sophie called for whoever was responsible to be brought to justice.

Duffy was jailed last September for posting abusive messages online about Worcestershire teenager Natasha MacBryde after she committed suicide.

He previously pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates' Court to sending indecent or offensive communications.

The charges related to Facebook and YouTube posts about Miss MacBryde, 15, from Bromsgrove, who Duffy had never met.

He was traced by police through information from his internet service provider and arrested.

Miss MacBryde had thrown herself under a train after being bullied.

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