A 36-year-old man who sent a journalist working for the Yes campaign a threatening sectarian message on Facebook was fined 200 at sheriff court.
James Martin, of Victoria Street, Newport, Fife, admitted sending a religiously prejudiced threat to David Kerr via the social networking site.
The court heard Mr Kerr – a freelance journalist currently working for the Yes campaign and who has previously worked for the BBC – received the message on his own Facebook account.
Fiscal depute Sue Ruta told the court it was sent to his private inbox from James Martin’s personal account.
The fiscal said: “The complainer felt it was anti-Catholic and felt threatened.
“Police were contacted and the accused was detained and taken into custody.
“During police interview the accused admitted sending the message.
“When asked why, he said: ‘Out of frustration and anger towards someone who uses religion as a tool to gain publicity for a political representation for SNP. That is wrong for society’.
“And he said he wanted to make his feelings clear.”
He was then cautioned and charged by police.
Solicitor Jim Laverty said: “Mr Martin is sincerely apologetic and knows he was wrong for expressing his feelings in such a way.
“He has written a letter to the complainer offering a clear apology which I will ensure is passed on to him.”
Martin admitted that on May 11 at his home address he sent an electronic message via Facebook to David Kerr that was grossly offensive and of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character, in that he swore and made threatening and sectarian remarks, aggravated by religious prejudice.