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Aberdeen man Derek Phin in Edinburgh mosque Facebook threat

An Aberdeen man who posted a Facebook comment about burning down a mosque in the wake of Lee Rigby's murder has been warned he could face jail.

Derek Phin, 46, admitted posting the threatening and abusive remark about Edinburgh Central Mosque on the social networking site last June.

British soldier Lee Rigby was attacked and killed in London last May.

Sheriff Annella Cowan told Aberdeen Sheriff Court that jail was a "serious consideration".

Defence agent David Sutherland said: "The background involves the murder of Lee Rigby.

"This was his reaction to his perception of how the authorities dealt with the murder of Lee Rigby.

"He accepts that it was an entirely inappropriate comment."

'No predeterminations'

Sheriff Annella Cowan deferred sentence for the preparation of reports and released Phin on bail.

She warned him: "You should not use Facebook.

"You should be putting your affairs in order in case you go to jail.

"There will be no predeterminations but it is a serious consideration."

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are currently awaiting sentencing over the soldier's death.

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