Facebook paedophile slur

Joseph Griffin. outside of his Hartlepool home.
Joseph Griffin. outside of his Hartlepool home.

A DAD-OF-SIX has landed himself in court after labelling a man a paedophile on Facebook.

Joseph Griffin, 43, went onto his Facebook account and updated his status with the offensive comment and also posted the man’s name and address on the social networking site“for the world to see”.

The abusive words were on the site for about an hour-and-a-half before they were removed, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison said: “Mr Griffin has a Facebook account and he updated a post upon that account by making a remark for the world to see, effectively.

He called him a paedophile and made threats to him.

“He then went on to type his name and address.”

He added: “Mr Griffin told police that he had a Facebook account and admitted he had put comments on about this man because he was angry and frustrated.

“He has no previous convictions in the last 10 years.”

Dad-of-two and step-dad of-four Griffin, of Windsor Street, in the town centre area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to sending by public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene, or menacing message or matter, namely a Facebook status, on August 17.

Mitigating, Andrew Blair told justices: “He is currently unemployed but carries out voluntary work in the community and lives with his wife and six children, two of his own and four of his wife’s.

“He accepts he’s posted this particular comment on Facebook.

“It was up on Facebook for an hour-and-a-half before it was removed.

“It’s a single message which has been posted and removed fairly quickly.”

Chairman of the bench Peter Heron fined Griffin £50, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.