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Teenager charged with online racial abuse of footballer

|News, Hate crime

Nathan Miebai of the CPS said: “A 17-year-old has been charged with racially abusing footballer Tyreik Wright online.

“The teenager was charged with one offence of sending a grossly offensive communication contrary to section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

“He will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 October.

“The CPS made the decision to charge the youth after reviewing a file of evidence from West Midlands Police.”

Notes to editors

  • Nathan Miebai is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.
  • Please be reminded that criminal proceedings against the 17 year old are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.
  • The defendant cannot be named because of his age.
  • The decision to charge has been made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors 
  • The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider.
  • The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. 
  • This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.

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