Gloucestershire judge slams Facebook for causing 'hassle'
A DISTRICT judge criticised Facebook after a jealous lover posed as a secret admirer on the social networking website to catch his partner out.
After 43-year-old Andrew Daniels posted a fake message on Facebook, he confronted Amanda Cullen and punched her in the face in a drunken rage, a court heard.
The terrified victim told police later that if a good Samaritan had not come to the rescue, she did not know what the defendant would have done.
It prompted the judge sitting on the case to reflect that the website was causing a huge amount of "hassle" in society.
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Daniels, of Chaucer Close, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to assault on August 3, when he appeared before District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
Prosecuting lawyer Derek Ryder said: "Amanda Cullen received a phone call from the defendant to say he wanted to see her.
"He was slurring his speech and was clearly drunk.
"He told her that he had been pretending to be someone else on Facebook and had caught her out.
"He then punched her in the face three times and she ran out into the street. He followed her, ripped her top off and pushed her in the back.
"At that point a member of the public came to her assistance.
"In a statement to the police, the victim said that the defendant was in a drunken rage and she really did not know what would have happened if the good Samaritan had not come to the rescue.
"She also said that she did not ever want to see the defendant again."
District Judge Bopa-Rai said: "Facebook is causing more hassle than anything else these days."
Probation officer Hilary Cowmeadow said: "They were in a good relationship for some 18 years but he became suspicious and posed as a fake admirer on Facebook to see if she was tempted.
"He has been unemployed for some time and has mental health issues."
Daniels was given an 18-month community order, ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim and prosecution costs of £85.