A JUDGE has received a grovelling apology after she was mocked in a vile message on a drug dealer's Facebook account.
Just minutes after Daniel Sledden, 27, was shown mercy at Burnley Crown Court and given a suspended sentence, an obscene message appeared on a Facebook account in his name.
It said: “Beverly Lunt go suck my ****.”
Now an apology has appeared on the same account as it was revealed that Daniel and his brother Samuel Sledden, also a convicted drug dealer, are to be brought back to face the judge for a review of their sentences.
The original post on the Facebook page set up in Daniel Sledden's name also said: “Cannot believe my luck 2 year suspended sentence beats the 3 year jail yes pal!”
However, after the story was published in the Accrington Observer, another message was later posted saying: “I want to say how sorry I am for what I wrote about Judge Lunt and my sentence.
“I was very lucky not to be sent to prison and I was very stupid to have written what I did.
“I want to say sorry to Judge Lunt and to anyone else who was upset or offended by my thoughtless post which I did not mean.”
The messages were written after Daniel, his brother Samuel and their dad William, all of Hopwood Street, Accrington, were given suspended sentences after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
A comment was also posted in reply on an account in the name of Samuel, 22, saying: “Bet we wouldn’t get a chance like this agen [sic], thumbs up’.”
And a message on Samuel’s own Facebook account said: “What a day it’s been Burnley crown court!
“Up ur **** aha nice 2 year suspended **** the 3 year in forest bank’ [sic].”
The court had heard that the charges against the two brothers and their father involved the supply of drugs over a five-month period in 2014.
Daniel and Samuel were both given two-year jail sentences, suspended for two years, after both were previously convicted in 2012 for possessing amphetamines and cannabis with intent to supply.
William, 45, was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months,
Both Daniel and Samuel declined to comment when contacted by the Observer about the original posts.
The judge has also declined to comment.