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DUP man's web threats warning

The DUP's Gregory Campbell last night said that the landmark sentencing of a man for posting a menacing message about him online should serve as a stark warning across cyberspace.

Mr Campbell also vowed that he would never be silenced by critics following the conviction of Daryl O'Donnell, who was fined £500 and given a five-month suspended jail sentence at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 31-year-old chef was convicted last month of posting a menacing and offensive message about the East Londonderry MP on the social networking site Facebook.

Daryl O'Donnell, a father-of-two from Belvedere Park in Foyle Springs, posted the message as a reaction to media comments attributed to Mr Campbell in June of last year about the Saville Report into the Bloody Sunday killings. On his Facebook page, O'Donnell wrote that Mr Campbell "should get a bullet in the head".

Mr Campbell said he was "not concerned with the severity or lack of severity in the sentence".

He said: "The important thing for me was it established a precedent and others will see there can be consequences.

"No threats will ensure I deviate one iota from my position to tell it as it is."background

Daryl O'Donnell is believed to be the first person in the UK convicted and sentenced for posting a menacing message on Facebook. He was originally arrested last year after he said DUP MP Gregory Campbell "should get a bullet in the head". On becoming aware of the message, Mr Campbell complained to police, resulting in the unprecedented arrest.

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