Judiciary need Facebook seminar - Judge


A judge has called for judiciary to be trained on how social media site Facebook works.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the call as 19-year-old Nathan McDaid appeared before Derry Magistrates Court.

McDaid, with an address in Quigley’s Point, Co.Donegal, is charged with breaching a non-molestation order on November 30.

The teenager, who is currently on bail accused of a number of domestic violence offences, was arrested after allegedly contacting the injured party on Facebook.

An investigating officer told the court McDaid had contacted the woman by commenting on two photographs on Facebook.

She reported to police that she found this intimidating, however she later withdrew her complaint.

The court heard there was an ‘extensive domestic violence history between the two’ and police fear McDaid will not abide by bail conditions.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said there was some confusion about how the injured party had been able to see McDaid’s comments on the photograph, as he had deleted her from his friend’s list ‘months ago’.

The solicitor said he understood that McDaid had been tagged in the photograph by another person and when he commented on it the injured party was able to see this comment.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the judiciary would need a seminar to teach them how the social media site works. He said the police would also need to think of producing ‘some sort of manual’.

Both the judge and Mr Quigley then joked that a six-year-old child could teach them how to use it.

The judge released McDaid on the same terms and conditions of bail and warned him he would need to be ‘very, very careful’ on Facebook in the future.