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Facebook troll who posted offensive message about stabbed teacher Ann Maguire jailed for six weeks

Published 04/06/2014 | 15:28

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. FACE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK. Undated handout file photo of Ann Maguire. A 42-year-old man has admitted posting abusive Twitter messages about the murder of school teacher Ann Maguire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 5, 2014. Robert Riley, from Port Talbot, South Wales, appeared before magistrates in Leeds today where he admitted sending a message of a grossly offensive, abusive or malicious character. The messages were not read out in court but the bench heard that some of them related to the murder of Mrs Maguire, 61, at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds a week ago. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Prince Chaponda/PA Wire 

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School teacher Ann Maguire

A FACEBOOK troll who posted an offensive message about a teacher who was stabbed to death in her classroom has been jailed for six weeks.

Jake Newsome, 21, wrote on the social media site in the aftermath of the death of Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on April 28.

It said: "Personally, I'm glad that teacher got stabbed up. Feel sorry for the kid. He should have pissed on her too."

Newsome, from Harehills, Leeds, pleaded guilty at the city's Magistrates' Court last month to sending an offensive message.

Court officials confirmed that he was jailed when he appeared before a district judge this morning.

The court heard that Newsome posted the message on Facebook on the afternoon of May 1.

Facebook users quickly posted a range of comments in response, objecting to what he was saying, and he was reported to West Yorkshire Police.

He admitted to officers that he put the message on the site but claimed he did not think it was offensive.

Tributes from around the world have poured in for Mrs Maguire, 61, who was stabbed a number of times as she taught a Spanish lesson.

She had taught at Corpus Christi for more than 40 years and was due to retire in September.

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