Student jailed for offensive Muamba tweets

March 27th, 2012 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 27 (IANS) A Swansea University student was Tuesday jailed for 56 days after he posted offensive comments on Twitter about the on-pitch collapse of Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

Liam Stacey was reported to police by Twitter users from across Britain. In his court hearing, he admitted to incitement to racial hatred.

The 21-year-old had posted his offensive comments after Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during his team’s FA Cup fixture against Tottenham Hotspurs.

District judge John Charles told Stacey: “It was racist abuse via a social networking site instigated as a result of a vile and abhorrent comment about a young footballer who was fighting for his life.

“At that moment, not just the footballer’s family, not just the footballing world but the whole world were literally praying for his life. Your comments aggravated this situation,” Judge Charles was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“I have no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the public outrage at what you have done.”

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