Teen creates fake sugar daddy ad in revenge

Shaun Patrick McGibney, 19, pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
Shaun Patrick McGibney, 19, pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

A COAST man who created a fake advertisement asking for 'sugar daddies' online using his ex-girlfriend's mother's contact details told a magistrate he wasn't sorry for it.

Shaun Patrick McGibney, 19, pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court to one count of using a carriage service to harass after he posted the advertisement, which received several responses from men wanting to fill the sugar daddy role.

The court heard the woman was being harassed by the men who were contacting her using the posted details.

McGibney, 19 used the online classifieds website Locanto to post the advertisement.

The court was told he set up the advertisement to "piss the woman off" and during his sentence McGibney shocked Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist when he said he wouldn't apologise.

In response McGibney handed up three character references to Magistrate Stjernqvist; one from his mother, one from his employer and the third from his ex-girlfriend.

The unsigned statement provided by McGibney's ex-girlfriend revealed it was her mother who started the conflict by creating her own fake Facebook profile.

In the statement the ex-girlfriend said despite their romantic relationship ending, her and McGibney remained good friends.

She said her mother, who she did not get along with, created a fake Facebook account to set McGibney up by trying to initiate a sexual relationship in a bid to "get between them".

The court was told McGibney then created the advertisement in retaliation.

Magistrate Stjernqvist said he understood why the teen acted the way he did but told him he should not have stooped to the older woman's level.

"You just don't get down in the gutter," he said.

Magistrate Stjernqvist said while the events were "bizarre" he had to impose a mandatory $550 fine and record a conviction.

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