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Student jailed for racist Fabrice Muamba tweets

Liam Stacey sentenced to 56 days' prison for posting offensive comments on Twitter after footballer's cardiac arrest

A student has been jailed for 56 days for posting offensive comments on Twitter about the on-pitch collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba. Liam Stacey was arrested after his tweets were reported to police by Twitter users from across Britain, including the former England striker Stan Collymore. The 21-year-old admitted incitement to racial hatred.

He posted his offensive comments shortly after Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during his team's FA Cup sixth round tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Stacey cried throughout the hearing and held his head in his hands when he was sentenced. He was led away in handcuffs and continued to cry in the cells. 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.

"I have no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the public outrage at what you have done. "You committed this offence while you were drunk and it is clear you immediately regretted it. But you must learn how to handle your alcohol better." Following Stacey's original posts, other Twitter users criticised him strongly. This prompted him to post a series of very offensive and racist insults, some of a sexual nature, aimed at those who had attacked him.

In mitigation, Gareth Jones, defending, said: "The first comment [he] wrote was in relation to Fabrice Muamba. He does not bear him any grudge and he is glad he is making a good recovery. My client simply lost his head and posted these disgusting comments to both the bitter shame of himself and his parents." Jones said Stacey feared his university career was over: "He is no longer welcome at the institution because he has damaged their reputation and there are fears of reprisals."

Swansea University, where Stacey is a biology undergraduate, said after the hearing that he had been suspended and a disciplinary hearing would be held. Lisa Jones, prosecuting, told Swanea magistrates at an earlier hearing: "Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and was believed to have died. Shortly after, Stacey posted on Twitter: 'LOL, f*ck Muamba. He's dead.'"

After other Twitter users criticised Stacey, prompting him to post further offensive and racist comments, users reported his comments to police forces around Britain. The court heard that Stacey tried to claim his account had been hacked. He also tried to delete his page. He texted a friend to say: "I said something about Muamba that I shouldn't have and tweeted back to some people who abused me. Getting police on me now, which isn't good at all."

Police arrested him in Swansea the day after Muamba's collapse. When interviewed, Stacey said he was drunk at the time, having been drinking since early Saturday afternoon while watching the Wales v France Six Nations rugby match. He told police: "I was at the bar when I heard what had happened to Muamba. I don't know why I posted it. I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds."

The swiftness of the arrest demonstrates how seriously police are taking the posting of potentially criminal comments on social networking sites by so-called trolls. After his initial court appearance, where he was warned he could be jailed, Stacey was released on bail on condition that he stayed off Twitter and other social networking sites.

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Honestly I think this is bullshit. Allow arresting people for online comments they probably don't believe in.

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Not saying he wouldn't hold two slaps for thinking that's a joke but even in the worst tweet he didn't sound like a real racist was just using racist words he knew.

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What a disgrace to jail somebody for posting comments even though it was vile

I suppose it applies to this place too do don't be so supportive of these draconian measures

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That's why I don't type mad shit on twitter or Facebook I post it on here. Dont agree with this same way I don't agree with the stupid sentences them two guys who posted on Facebook let's start a riot.

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"...I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds."

Ahh the ole' im not racist cause i got black/asian friends switcharoo...

the amount of times i've heard that one...

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"...I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds."

Ahh the ole' im not racist cause i got black/asian friends switcharoo...

the amount of times i've heard that one...

i am amazed they never seem to realise that's a big "I'm a racist" indicator lol.

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"I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds"

-_-

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^

lulz

i say daemon on bookface casj

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Skeen, so this guy gets imprisoned for drunken tweets but those Somali girls who drunkenly attacked that woman in Leicester screaming ''kill the white bitch'' get community service.

Some joke ting. Just more fuel for EDL marches.

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Skeen, so this guy gets imprisoned for drunken tweets but those Somali girls who drunkenly attacked that woman in Leicester screaming ''kill the white bitch'' get community service.

Some joke ting. Just more fuel for EDL marches.

Them Edl boneheads will march whatever the case

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Skeen, so this guy gets imprisoned for drunken tweets but those Somali girls who drunkenly attacked that woman in Leicester screaming ''kill the white bitch'' get community service.

Some joke ting. Just more fuel for EDL marches.

Dunno why you'd think this. There are plenty of cases where it's been the other way around; doubt they gave a f*ck.

Racists will be racists

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guys life has been derailed through trollery :lol:

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Honestly I think this is bullshit. Allow arresting people for online comments they probably don't believe in.

Hmm interesting

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"I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds"

-_-

Atleast he switched it up from 'my best mate is black'

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"I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds"

-_-

Atleast he switched it up from 'my best mate is black'

lol > > > -_-

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Skeen, so this guy gets imprisoned for drunken tweets but those Somali girls who drunkenly attacked that woman in Leicester screaming ''kill the white bitch'' get community service.

Some joke ting. Just more fuel for EDL marches.

Dunno why you'd think this. There are plenty of cases where it's been the other way around; doubt they gave a f*ck.

Racists will be racists

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guys life has been derailed through trollery :lol:

Because something like this justifies their victim mentality. "Look we rly rly are oppressed cant even be racist online".

Honestly I think this is bullshit. Allow arresting people for online comments they probably don't believe in.

Hmm interesting

What?

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I have to ask you man, are you trying to make some kind of point by constantly misusing you're? I'm not one to comment on spelling/grammar but I've only ever seen you use it wrong.

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I have to ask you man, are you trying to make some kind of point by constantly misusing you're? I'm not one to comment on spelling/grammar but I've only ever seen you use it wrong.

Lol nah grammar police was on to me all the time for spelling it 'your' was because of my spell check...so I changed it to 'you're'

That's all....congrats on joining the force tho

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You're post.

Brah

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I've seen you make this mistake about 8 times since I've been online today

Edit: Oh I see it's been addressed

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Yh I just explained why so what exactly was the need for that?

Ah snm

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