Web troll showed vic­tim his weapon

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A FACE­BOOK troll armed him­self with a knife and a snooker cue when the vic­tim of his in­sults came to con­front him.

Luke Lil­ley, 23, posted a se­ries of offensive com­ments on a 15-year-old girl’s Face­book page and feared he was go­ing to be on the wrong end of a re­venge at­tack.

He left his home in Barn­sta­ple, North Devon, with his head cov­ered by a hoodie and used the weapons to threaten the teenager and two young friends as they ap­proached him.

Lil­ley ad­mit­ted hav­ing a bladed ar­ti­cle and an offensive weapon and was jailed for eight months, sus­pended for two years, at Ex­eter Crown Court.

Judge Fran­cis Gil­bert QC also or­dered him to at­tend a Think­ing Skills course as part of a 12-month su­per­vi­sion or­der.

He said: “You must stop drink­ing too much and stop think­ing you’re the big man who can go around threat­en­ing peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly with weapons.

“One rea­son why it is very dan­ger­ous to carry knives is that in a flash of time one can move from hold­ing a knife to us­ing it, with po­ten­tially very se­ri­ous con­se­quences in­deed.”

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