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Law student guilty of flooding ex footballer Collymore with racist tweets spared jail

London, Thu, 22 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 22(ANI): Joshua Cryer, a Law student, guilty of barraging former England striker Stan Collymore with racist tweets has been spared jail, and has been ordered to do carry out two-year community work.

Cryer, 21, was arrested after the Liverpool striker turned radio pundit contacted police in January.

Cryer, who is the son of a company director, initially denied sending the messages on the social networking site, claiming his account had been hacked into, but he later confessed sending disgustingly offensive messages, and yesterday was given a two-year community order.

The final-year student at Newcastle University's acclaimed Law School was also told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

"There will be a dramatic effect on your job and your career. But you put yourself here and you have to man up to that reality," The Daily Mail quoted District judge Stephen Earl, telling Cryer.

"I find it difficult to fathom what on earth you thought you were doing. It was stupid and you ought to have known better," the judge said.

The judge also commented he expected Cryer 'to have put his education to better use'.

The 'JoshuaCryer1' account was deleted after the offensive and racist tweets were sent, but Cryer's name and mobile phone number were later posted on football forums. (ANI)

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