Racist Tweet student spared jail

Joshua Cryer outside Newcastle Magistrates Court Credit: PA

A law student, originally from Cannock, who sent Stan Collymore a series of racist tweets has been given a two-year community order.

A district judge at Newcastle Magistrates heard how 21-year-old Joshua Cryer admitted using the social networking site to bombard the football pundit with abuse in an attempt to “snare a celebrity”.

The Newcastle University student had called the 41-year-old former Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest player a “coon”.

Cryer claimed his account had been hacked but later admitted a charge under section 127 of the Communications Act of sending grossly offensive messages.

In addition to the 2 year community order, the judge has ordered him to complete 240 hours of unpaid park and pay £150 costs to the court.

CPS North East strongly warned others about the consequences of using social networking sites to make racist remarks.

"When a person makes such comments digitally, they effectively hand police and prosecutors much of the evidence needed to build a robust case against them."

After the sentence, Mr Collymore posted on his Twitter account @StanCollymore: "Would like to thank Northumbria & Staffordshire Police for their professionalism in dealing with this case.