Colleges have warned students not to wear their gowns off university grounds
Ronald Coyne was filmed torching a £20 note in front of a homeless man on the streets on Cambridge in a Snapchat clip which went viral.
The 18-year-old, wearing a white bow tie and tails, enraged viewers after he carelessly burnt the cash to taunt the rough sleeper, who was bedding down on the streets in freezing conditions.
There have been calls for the first-year law student, a distant relative of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to be kicked out of the prestigious institution.
But in what could be an act of retribution, a fellow student of the university was set upon while riding his bike.
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In response some of the colleges have warned students not to wear their gowns off university grounds, for fear of further attacks in revenge of Mr Coyne’s actions.
St Catharine’s College were expressly told not to wear their gowns off campus.
Senior Tutor Dr Paul Hartle sent an email round, informing his students that the note-burning incident may have been a factor in the recent attack.
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Ronald Coyne was filmed torching a £20 note in front of a homeless man
Noting the tense environment in the city as a result, he said: “The student was wearing his gown which may have occasioned the incident, given recent unhelpful local publicity about the stupidly arrogant behaviour of a particular student (from another college).
“Whilst I suspect this was a random act, it might be prudent for a while at least not to wear your gown about town.”
It might be prudent for a while at least not to wear your gown about tow
Dr Paul Hartle
As the victim of the assault was clearly linked to the university, it may have made them a target.
The University of Cambridge responded to the latest incident, saying: “We can confirm there was an incident on Sunday morning that has been reported to police.
St Catharine’s College were expressly told not to wear their gowns off campus
“We cannot comment further while a police investigation is ongoing.”
So far 21,000 people have signed a petition to have Mr Coyne kicked off his course at Pembroke College.
The man he taunted was out-of-work crane operator Ryan Davies
The man he taunted, out-of-work crane operator Ryan Davies, branded the student’s actions “disgusting”.
Mr Davies, who has been sleeping rough for three months, said: “It was absolutely disgusting. It was horrible. Just plain nasty.”