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Prison Sentence for Inciting Facebook Posts

Post by Alibongo » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:34 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Viscount who offered £5,000 on Facebook for someone to run over anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller is jailed for 12 weeks
Rhodri Philipps was jailed for 12 weeks after posting messages about Gina Miller
He offered £5,000 for someone to run over Ms Miller, an anti-Brexit campaigner
Philipps, 4th Viscount St Davids, posted other abusive messages about a father
Judge Emma Arbuthnot found the posts to be racially aggravated and menacing
By Isobel Frodsham and Stewart Paterson For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 15:52, 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:19, 13 July 2017
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A viscount who suggested someone should 'run over' anti Brexit campaigner Gina Miller has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Rhodri Colwyn Philipps, 50, posted shocking racist messages about Ms Miller just four days after she won a landmark High Court challenge against the Government last year.

Phillips, who is the 4th Viscount St Davids, wrote on Facebook: '£5,000 for the first person to "accidentally" run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.'

He described her as a 'boat jumper' and added: 'If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.'

Rhodri Philipps, the fourth Viscount St Davids, sent menacing messages over social media - including a number relating to Ms Miller. He has been jailed for 12 weeks +5
Rhodri Philipps, the fourth Viscount St Davids, sent menacing messages over social media - including a number relating to Ms Miller. He has been jailed for 12 weeks

Philipps, of Knightsbridge, central London, was convicted of two counts of sending menacing messages on a public electronic communications network between September 11 and November 7, 2016 on Monday.

He was cleared of one count after a trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said during the hearing: 'I had no doubt that the first post was menacing ... You were offering money to have her killed.'

She said: 'Looking at the language you use to Ms Miller ... 'f****** jumper'. That is not political debate.'

The judge added: 'To some who don't know you they would perceive the offers of bounty as menacing.'

Ms Miller said she received numerous death threats and racial slurs and that she was angered by Philipps' comments +5
The business owner, who ran a charity foundation and brought the Brexit legal case, told the court yesterday: 'This challenge has not been popular with supporters of the EU exit +5
Ms Miller (right) said she received numerous death threats and racial slurs and that she was angered by Philipps' comments

Ms Arbuthnot found the post about Ms Miller to be racially aggravated.

Ms Miller, 52, said she found his comments about her 'genuinely shocking' and she felt 'violated'.

She said she was 'very scared for the safety of herself and her family' in a statement read to the court.

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'In addition to finding it offensive, racist and hateful, she was extremely concerned that someone would threaten to have her run over for a bounty,' prosecutor Philip Stott said in opening.

'She took the threat seriously, and it contributed to her employing professional security for her protection.'

Ms Miller was subjected to a torrent of abuse and threats after spearheading the legal challenge which forced Theresa May to consult Parliament before beginning the formal process of leaving the EU.

Philipps was accused of making a Facebook post of a menacing nature about Ms Miller - four days after the High Court ruled that Parliament must vote before the government could trigger Article 50 +5
Philipps was accused of making a Facebook post of a menacing nature about Ms Miller - four days after the High Court ruled that Parliament must vote before the government could trigger Article 50

The Guyana-born mother-of-three was seen arriving at court during the trial as a witness but did not give evidence as her statement was agreed.

The other post Philipps was convicted for was in response to a news article about father-of-eight Arnold Sube.

He wrote: 'I will open the bidding. £2,000 in cash for the first person to carve Arnold Sube into pieces. Piece of s***.'

Ms Arbuthnot said the posts would 'cause apprehension in a reasonable person reading them in this multi-racial country we live in'.

In a previous post, he said: 'I would vote for Trump if I could.'

Philipps, also known as Lord St Davids, accepted writing the posts but said they were not publicly visible and were not menacing.

He insisted he is not racist and told the court: 'I know a number of Muslims who are dear friends.

He wrote: 'This f*****g boat jumper come to this country, then believes she knows better than the people of our country, what is best for us' +5
He wrote: 'This f*****g boat jumper come to this country, then believes she knows better than the people of our country, what is best for us'

'My own mother is an immigrant from the very same continent (as Ms Miller).'

Philipps, who represented himself in court, admitted during his evidence that he was 'incandescent' after Ms Miller's legal challenge.

'She's left a third-world country to come to Britain. It's not for first generation immigrants to behave the way Gina Miller did,' he added.

He insisted his posts were meant as 'an opening for debate', and continued: 'It's how I express myself, not for everyone's taste or liking.

'If you're in the public eye, people are going to say nasty things about you. It's the rough and tumble of public life.'

Kate Mulholland from the Crown Prosecution Service said: 'This threat caused extreme concern to Gina Miller and although Lord St Davids claimed his Facebook friends would have been tolerant of his views, they were open to the public.

'No-one should have these kind of menacing comments made to them or about them and where there is evidence of an offence the CPS and police will bring a prosecution.'



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Re: Prison Sentence for Inciting Facebook Posts

Post by catkins » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:42 pm

Sooner the McCanns act against their vicious trolls the better.

Some really terrible things have been aimed at that poor family.
Madeleine McCann- Abducted May 2007 from Praia Da Luz, Algarve, Portugal.
DCI Redwood of Scotland Yard - stated that Madeleine could still be found - alive.
https://www.facebook.com/Official.Find. ... ign?_rdr=p

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