A man jailed for Twitter abuse in England

A man has been jailed for eight weeks for posting abusive Twitter messages about the death of school teacher Ann Maguire.

A man jailed for Twitter abuse in England

World Bulletin/News Desk

Robert Riley, 42, from Port Talbot, has been jailed for eight weeks for posting abusive Twitter messages about the death of school teacher Ann Maguire, BBC reported. 

Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on 28 April.

Riley previously admitted to sending a message of a grossly offensive, abusive or malicious character and was said to be "mortified by his own behaviour".

After Mrs Maguire's death, he tweeted the name of the 15-year-old boy charged with Mrs Maguire's murder and said he would not just have killed Mrs Maguire but all the teachers at the school.

Swansea Magistrates' Court presiding judge said there was no choice but to jail Riley. 

She added: "The offensive messages outraged the public. You had complete disregard for the tragic death of Ann Maguire.

"Besides this, countless other vile messages were made by you. The bench finds these were racially and religious aggravated.

"The offences are so serious that only a period of immediate custody can be justified."

The jobless 42-year-old Riley also posted a series of racist tweets.

The court heard he tweeted racist and religiously offensive messages about Islam and Judaism. He was abusive towards the tennis player Serena Williams and he tweeted about 9/11 and the Korean ferry disaster, the court was told.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with Mrs Maguire's murder and is due to stand trial in November.

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