Cambridge student causes outrage after he burns £20 note in front of homeless man
A Cambridge University law student has annoyed a hell of a lot of people for apparently mocking a homeless man by burning a £20 note in front of him.
Ronald Coyne has been the subject of calls for him to be expelled from the prestige University after hundreds of students saw the footage which was posted on Snapchat in the early hours of 2nd February.
In the video, an allegedly drunk Ronald struggles to set the note alight before the camera pans around to show the homeless man sitting in front of a Cotswold store.
Since the footage was leaked, Coyne's mother has come out and called her son's actions 'thoughtless and cruel', but says it is not in his DNA:
"I don't recognise that behaviour in my son.
"I don't really know why he's done something so thoughtless and cruel.
"It's completely out of character. He did two years of volunteering at Stockbridge shelter homeless shop in Edinburgh when he was still at school.
"It's very surprising. We're just a normal family. We're not toffs, he's not a toff.
"He's been a hard-working student who is very, very lucky and aware of the privilege he has to study at Cambridge.
"It's been stressful. I'm starting to panic because I can't get a hold of him.
"He spoke to us after the event and said he'd done something very stupid and felt really bad about it.
"He went out a few nights later around Cambridge with one of his friends to do the homeless run and give out tea, coffee and sandwiches to them.
"And this was before the press and ourselves caught on to what he'd done.
"He's obviously known what he's done himself. It's baffling. I've no idea. It's not part of his make-up.
"He's a quiet boy, he wasn't a wild teenager, he was in the chess club at school.'"
It was revealed that Coyne, originally from Livingston, West Lothian is a distant relative of Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and that he is a staunch supporter of Scottish independence.
Below is an extract of his yearbook entry at Stewart's Melville, one of the top schools in Edinburgh where yearly fees can rise to around £21,000.
He was a member of the Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA), who named him as the student in the video. But has now been expelled from the group. They said:
"This disgusting and abhorrent behaviour occurred completely independently of CUCA and did not take place before or after any CUCA event.
"His resignation was immediately demanded and we determined the appropriate response was to permanently revoke his membership and bar him from all future events, which we did on Saturday."
There is now even a petition for Ronald to be expelled from the University, and so far it has reached over 2000 signatures.
Should he be expelled from University? Or was it just a silly drunken mistake?