A Dundee man told his Islamic convert stepfather to “go and eat bacon” in a religiously and racially offensive Facebook tirade.
Dean McAndrew used the social media’s messaging software to contact Christopher McAndrew from the Westport area of Arbroath.
The 28-year-old appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and admitted threatening the man on December 6.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said: “Witness McAndrew is the stepfather of the accused.
“Mr McAndrew is in the process of converting his religion to Islam. He has completed paperwork to change his name.
“The accused does not use Facebook but uses Messenger as a means of communicating with his family.
“In recent weeks the accused has had difficulties … and witness McAndrew was giving him advice on Monday the fifth of November.
“At 6.49pm on the sixth of November he messaged witness McAndrew ‘go and eat some bacon’.”
Ms Drummond also said McAndrew described the man as “black” and used an obscenity.
Before hearing the full list of messages, Sheriff Gregor Murray interjected and said he would require reports before sentencing McAndrew.
Sheriff Murray told him: “I’m going to defer sentence on you for a report from the criminal justice social work department.
“You will have to co-operate with them in its preparation.
“I hear you’re a first offender but that does not stop me from thinking this is serious, from the charge and what I’ve just heard.”
Sentence was deferred to February 9 for reports, and McAndrew was granted bail on the special condition that he does not approach or attempt to approach his stepfather.
Defence agent Ian Flynn agreed no further reports would be needed ahead of sentencing.
McAndrew, of Aboyne Avenue, Dundee, admitted using a public communications network to send grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing messages with racially and religiously offensive content to Mr McAndrew in Westport, Arbroath on December 6, and threatened him with violence.