Man provoked to 'bash' over Facebook remarks

A MAN who took offence to derogatory comments on Facebook and accepted up an online invitation to go to a man's house and "sort it out" has been fined.

Shane Michael Pettiford showed up at the Warwick home of the online rival on the evening of February 22 and attempted to force his way past the man's father.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard Pettiford told the man he had come to the home to "bash" the man's son for the comments made on the social media site.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court when the man refused entry to the 24-year-old, Pettiford put his hands on the man's throat and attempted to push him out of the way.

The court heard the father was able to release himself from Pettiford's grip and when he advised him he was calling police, Pettiford left.

Pettiford denied putting his hands near the man's throat and said they were closer to the older man's chest area.

He also admitted to drinking that evening but denied being intoxicated.

Sgt Wiggan yesterday said this case was another that highlighted the problem with people who make comments online that they will not make when confronted, but emphasised Pettiford did not handle the situation appropriately.

Solicitor Carl Settgast told the court his client never entered the home and had been goaded online to come to the home to "sort it out".

Magistrate Graham Lee told Pettiford that he considered his behaviour to be very serious, but conceded the victim's son had invited him to the home with the online comments.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault, trespass and threatening violence at night and was fined $900. No conviction was recorded against him.



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