Student jailed over Muamba Twitter rant
A UK college student was jailed Tuesday after posting offensive comments on Twitter following the collapse of Bolton soccer star Fabrice Muamba.
Liam Stacey, 21, was sentenced to 56 days in prison after he admitted a racially aggravated public order offense at Swansea Magistrates’ Court.
The biology student, from Pontypridd, South Wales, made the offensive tweet after EPL player Muamba collapsed and stopped breathing on the field late in the first half of Bolton’s televised FA Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Mar. 17.
He wrote, "LOL. F*** Muamba. He’s dead!!! #haha."
When other Twitter users reacted angrily to the tweet, Stacey went on to post further abusive messages, including racist posts directed to black users.
He later claimed his Twitter account had been hacked and he had not used his cell phone at the time the abusive comments were sent.
Muamba, 23, remained in the intensive care unit at the London Chest Hospital on Tuesday in a serious but stable condition. He has made an incredible recovery since he suffered a cardiac arrest and was able to sit out of bed, watch television and begin to eat at the weekend.