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21 June 2011, 05:00
A 23-year-old man who tweeted racist comments about a Norwich City footballer has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Luke O’Donoughoe from Johnson Place in Norwich used Twitter to comment on the club's latest signing James Vaughan earlier this month.
It was investigated by Norfolk police after a complaint from a member of the public and O’Donoughoe was subsequently charged with sending an offensive message by public communication network under the Communications Act 2003.
O’Donoughoe pleaded guilty to the offence at Norwich Magistrates Court and was sentenced to a 12 month community order and 120 hours of unpaid work.