Teen charged for sending death threats to ‘homophobic old s***’ Arlene Foster on Facebook
An 18-year-old teenager is due to appear in court after sending threatening messages to Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster.
Mark Sloan, from County Down, was arrested after he allegedly sent Foster sexual and violent threats over Facebook Messenger.
The DUP has blocked all attempts to progress equal marriage in Northern Ireland.
Sloan allegedly messaged Foster saying that she should “go hang herself.”
He is said to have continued: “Your and [sic] old c*** who doesn’t deserve to live you homophobic old s***”.”
Sloan also allegedly said that he hopes her family “got a few [bullets] in the head”.
He has been charged with the improper use of a public electronic communications network.
Sloan is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on August 2.
A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said that “as in normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.”
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In January, police investigated other death threats received by Foster.
One of these messages said that the Northern Irish leader should be beheaded.
The DUP has supported the introduction of a UK-wide ‘conscience clause’ to protect people who discriminate against LGBT people.
In an interview with ITV, Foster branded these claims “nonsense”.
“We take a particular view in relation to the definition of marriage; that does not mean in any one way that we are homophobic,” she added.
Foster has also insisted that many gay people don’t really want to get married.