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Port Talbot man Robert Riley, 42, admits abusive Twitter message following death of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

The 15-year-old charged with the murder of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire in a classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds is driven into court. A 42-year-old Port Talbot man, Robert Riley, appeared in court today charged with a malicious communication, in connection with the teacher's death.

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A PORT Talbot man has admitted making abusive comments on Twitter following the death of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

Robert Riley, aged 42, of Dan Y Coed, Cwmavon, admitted sending a message of grossly offensive, abusive or malicious character.

He was the second person to be charged with the offence in the wake of the death of Mrs Maguire, who was stabbed to death in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds a week ago.

Sandra White, prosecuting, told the court Riley had posted a number of offensive tweets, only some of which related to the murder of Ann Maguire

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His solicitor Michael Walsh told the court he was mortified by his own behaviour and apologised for any upset that may have been caused.

He was given bail on condition that he does not use social networking sites and the internet generally between now and his appearance on Thursday.

Last week, a 15-year-old boy appeared in court charged the murder of Ann Maguire.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is due to stand trial in November this year.

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