Ann Maguire stabbing: Man banned from Twitter for abusive messages
Robert Riley, 42, appeared in court after police were alerted to his posts
Monday 05 May 2014
A man who posted abusive Twitter messages about the death of Ann Maguire has been banned from using social networking sites.
Robert Riley, of Port Talbot in south Wales, admitted sending a message of a grossly offensive, abusive or malicious character at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The 42-year-old was given bail on the condition that he does not use social networking sites and the internet generally between now and his next court appearance on Thursday.
The posts were not read out but the bench heard that some of them related to the stabbing of Mrs Maguire, 61, at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.
Riley’s case was transferred to Swansea Magistrates’ Court for sentencing as the judges agreed it should be heard where the messages were sent from.
Riley, of Dan Y Coed, in Cwmavon, Port Talbot, was in court for just 10 minutes.
His solicitor, Michael Walsh, said: “He is mortified by his own behaviour and he apologises for any upset that may have been caused to everybody.”
He suggested that Riley may be in more danger from inmates in a Leeds prison than he would be walking the streets.
Speaking for the prosecution, Sandra White told the court that the defendant had posted a number of offensive tweets, only some of which related to the murder of Mrs Maguire.
She said the offence had come to the attention of West Yorkshire Police because of their investigation into the attack.
Another man, aged 21 from Leeds, is due in court later this month over alleged malicious communications related to Mrs Maguire.
A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with her murder and is due to stand trial in November.
Additional reporting by PA
iPhone 6 'hidden code' could indicate sharper screens or bigger phones
Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: 'These are completely fake' say singer's representatives
A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Kate Upton nude pictures leak: Model's representatives 'looking into' authenticity of naked images
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker