MAN JAILED OVER ‘JO COX THREATS’ TO MP

JAIL FOR WEST DRAYTON MAN WHO TROLLED POLITI­CIAN ANNA SOUBRY WITH ME­NAC­ING TWEETS

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by CHARLOTTE NEAL charlotte.neal@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Char­lot­teNeal_

“YOU’RE go­ing to get it like Jo Cox.”

That was the threat made to Brox­towe MP Anna Soubry by a Hilling­don man, who has been jailed for eight weeks.

John Wombell, 58, of Cherry Or­chard in West Drayton, called Ms Soubry’s con­stituency of­fice in Bee­ston say­ing the Tory was “go­ing to get it” like mur­dered MP Jo Cox, the Not­ting­ham Post re­ports. Wombell made the phone call on Novem­ber 13 last year – just 10 days be­fore Thomas Mair was jailed for life for shoot­ing and stab­bing Labour MP Mrs Cox to death , a week be­fore the EU ref­er­en­dum vote.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested Wombell on Fe­bru­ary 8 fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He was charged on March 26 with one count of send­ing a mes­sage that was grossly of­fen­sive or of an in­de­cent, ob­scene or me­nac­ing char­ac­ter – con­trary to sec­tion 127 of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Act 2003. He pleaded guilty at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day and was sen­tenced to eight weeks be­hind bars.

He was also is­sued with a re­strain­ing or­der. Jo Cox was at­tacked in her con­stituency and later died from her in­juries. Re­main sup­porter Ms Soubry was tar­geted on Twit­ter weeks later, on De­cem­ber 2, by a user of the site ask­ing some­one to “Jo Cox” her.

The tweet, which mis­spelled her name, read: “Some­one jo cox Anna sour by please”. The MP re­sponded by say­ing: “This is what has hap­pened to our pol­i­tics. Tol­er­ance & free speech must pre­vail.” Later she called the tweeter a “cowardly troll” who re­sponded with “lol get jo coxed you old bint.” The tweets were re­ported to Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice, which launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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