Sunderland man due in court on Malaysian Airlines crash offensive tweet allegation

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A SUNDERLAND man has been charged in connection with an offensive tweet relating the two Newcastle United supporters who died in the MH17 crash in Ukraine.

Mitchell Tace Chapman, 18, of Pegswood Road, will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court on August 11, charged with making a malicious communication.

This follows remarks posted on twitter relating to victims John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were on board the Malaysian Airlines passenger flight, which crashed last a week ago, killing all 298 people on board.

The tragedy spurred rival fans of Sunderland AFC into raising money in their honour – the total now standing at over £31,000.

Mr Sweeney, 28, and Mr Alder, who was in his 60s, were among nine Britons who are known to have died when the aircraft crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

They had been on their way to New Zealand for Newcastle’s pre-season friendlies in Dunedin and Wellington this week.