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  • 5 May 2014, 15:55

Man Admits 'Malicious' Teacher Death Message

A 42-year-old man has pleaded guilty to making "malicious communications" relating to the fatal stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire.

Robert Riley, from Port Talbot in South Wales, admitted sending Twitter messages of a grossly offensive, abusive or malicious character in front of magistrates in Leeds on Monday.

The messages were not read out, but the court heard some of them related to Mrs Maguire, 61, who was stabbed to death in front of her students at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds last Monday.

Solicitor Michael Walsh, for Riley, said: "He is mortified by his own behaviour and he apologises for any upset that may have been caused to everybody."

The case has been transferred to Swansea Magistrates' Court, after magistrates were told Riley must be sentenced where the messages were sent.

Riley was given bail on condition he does not use the internet and social networking sites before he appears before court on Thursday.

On Sunday, prayers were said at dozens of churches across West Yorkshire for the family of the dedicated Spanish teacher and mother-of-two, who was due to retire in September.

A book of condolence has also been opened at the cathedral in Leeds for those who want to express their sympathies.

Jake Newsome, 21, from the Harehills area in Leeds, has been released on bail after also being charged over making "malicious communications" relating to Mrs Maguire's death.

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