A man left his Facebook followers terrified when he revealed he wanted to “slay” everyone in an Aberdeen shopping mall with an assault rifle.
Jake Duguid posted online about a “killing spree” before describing his urge to kill “everyone” within Union Square with an AK47.
One woman was so concerned about the posts that she called the police.
Yesterday, Duguid admitted posting the grossly offensive, indecent, obscene and menacing comments online when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The papers state the 22-year-old “expressed a wish to shoot and kill members of the public”.
Fiscal depute Hannah Souter said the woman had spotted the post on the social networking site while at home in Inverurie.
Ms Souter said: “The complainer in the case viewed a Facebook post that the accused had put up.
“It stated ‘It is funny how one song can make you want to go on a killing spree’.”
The court heard the post from February 2 this year went on to describe his urge to kill “everyone” within the shopping centre.
Ms Souter said: “It went on to say he wanted to walk right through Union Square with an AK47 and just slay everyone.”
The court heard that after the woman had spotted the post she informed the police, who went to interview Duguid.
During questioning, the first offender said he was sorry for writing the comments and said he did not ever have any intention of hurting anyone.
Ms Souter said: “The accused was interviewed regarding this and asked about why he posted on Facebook that he wanted to shoot and kill people with an AK47.
“He said ‘It was a meaningless comment. It was stupid. I would never have access to firearms to cause harm to others’.”
The court heard Duguid, of 42 Rowan Road, Aberdeen, went on to say: “I have no intentions to harm innocent people I never will. I’m totally against it.
“I am sorry I put the post up I will take it down.”
Representing Duguid, solicitor Peter Shepherd said that given his client’s lack of criminal record background reports should be called for.
He was released on bail and will return to court to be sentenced by Sheriff Alison Stirling next month.