Ex-nurse jailed for on­line cel­e­bra­tion of po­lice at­tack­ers

Ap­palled judge re­fuses men­tal health check

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Sean Ax­tell

A voodoo prac­tis­ing for­mer nurse is be­hind bars for in­cit­ing vi­o­lence against the po­lice and con­grat­u­lat­ing the killer of po­lice­man Keith Palmer.

Sai Kurn Lee, 51, set up Face­book ac­count Cop Killers, to un­leash a string of pub­lic mes­sages prais­ing acts of ter­ror­ism and call­ing on the po­lice “to die”, from Au­gust last year to March.

Neil Sweeney, pros­e­cut­ing, read out the Face­book com­ments in full at Folke­stone Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day last week.

He told mag­is­trates that, on March 22 this year, af­ter the death of PC Palmer in the West­min­ster ter­ror at­tack, Lee wrote a mes­sage say­ing: “Good rid­dance to the po­lice scum stabbed to death in Lon­don to­day, you got ex­actly what you de­served,” adding an abu­sive com­ment.

“You de­serve a toast to your death.”

The page also in­cluded mes­sages such as: “The only good cop is a dead cop”, “All po­lice are ver­min and should be ex­ter­mi­nated”, “Good rid­dance to Sai Kurn Lee had an ac­count called Cop Killers the po­lice” and “Death to Kent Po­lice”. Lee also praised a hit and run driver who mowed down two po­lice of­fi­cers in Glas­gow last year, say­ing they “de­served a pat on the back”.

Mr Sweeney added that when po­lice ar­rested Lee at his home in Green Fields, Sellindge, there was a satanic em­blem on the wall with a knife be­side it.

He added that, in in­ter­views with Po­lice last year, Lee said he was de­pressed af­ter a pre­vi­ous charge for com­mon as­sault.

Of­fi­cers also dis­cov­ered a knife and some nunchucks – mar­tial arts weapons – at his prop­erty.

Lee had re­cently moved in with his girl­friend in Sother­ton, Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford, the court heard.

De­fend­ing, Kate Hunter said Lee had suf­fered men­tal health prob­lems af­ter los­ing his job as a nurse trainer for a pri­vate com­pany in south Kent.

She also called for a pre-sen­tenc­ing men­tal health as­sess­ment, but Dis­trict Judge Baron re­fused.

He said: “Mr Lee, hav­ing heard these com­ments I shud­der. They are hor­rific and amount to in­cit­ing vi­o­lence that can’t be tol­er­ated.”

Lee was given a 31-week prison sen­tence, in­clud­ing 14 weeks for breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence and 17 weeks for the Cop Killer ac­count.

He was also fined £115, to be de­ducted from his Job­seeker’s Al­lowance on prison re­lease.

‘Hav­ing heard these com­ments I shud­der. They are hor­rific and amount to in­cit­ing vi­o­lence that can’t be tol­er­ated’

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