Aristocrat who offered £5,000 for someone to run over Gina Miller is JAILED

WEALTHY British aristocrat Rhodri Philipps has been sentenced to prison after he was found guilty of making menacing threats relating to anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.

By WILL KIRBY

Mr Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after he posted a series of messages on Facebook in November last year, in which he offered money for the campaigner to be run over.

Ms Miller said the messages made her concerned for the safety of her family

The 50-year-old wrote a post related to an article headlined ‘Gina Miller clashes with Nigel Farage on TV over Brexit law challenge’ where he offered cash for the campaigner to be run over.

Mr Philipps, of Knightsbirdge in central London, has been imprisoned for his hateful comments

He said in November: “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.

“This f***ing boat jumper come to this country, then believes she knows better than the people of our country, what is best for us.

“If this what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.”

A five-year restraining order was also placed against Mr Philipps in order to “protect” Ms Miller, along with Arnold Sube, the immigrant he abused online, and Matthew Steeples, who informed Ms Miller about the racist material.

Mr Philipps and his wife, Sarah Butcher, arrive at court on Tuesday

Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot ordered the recently bankrupt Philipps to pay £500 compensation, noting that he is of limited means. She gave him six months to pay up and warned she would send the bailiffs to his home if he did not comply. A £115 surcharge was imposed and Philipps was ordered to pay costs of £250.

The judge told Philipps that he had “tried and failed to justify the racist abuse” by saying that Ms Miller plus Mr Sube and his family deserved the language because they were immigrants.

The judge told him: “You told me proudly in evidence that your family motto is Love of Country and that is your motivation, but it seems to me on the evidence I have seen that you are not motivated by love of country, but by your hatred of anybody who has different views to yours and to any who have recently arrived in this country.

“You show this hatred by publicly directing abusive threats at others, which is a criminal offence in this multi-racial society we are lucky enough to live in.”

Mr Philipps defended his remarks by claiming they were simply “political comment” and “satire” after he was arrested on January 25.

However, Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said she had “no doubt it was menacing”.

Ms Miller told the court yesterday that she had been angered by the comments.

The business owner said: “This challenge has not been popular with supporters of the EU exit.

Mr Philipps pictured outside Westminster Magistrates Court before his sentencing

“I have received a series of threats. These threats have also been extended to family members and staff who work for me.

“Threats have been made over numerous social media accounts. The content of the threats vary widely.

“The most serious state I should be shot in the head, and left in a bin. There have been numerous racial slurs made against me.”

She added: “All of this abuse and the threats have made me feel very scared about my personal safety and that of my family.”

“The words contained in this post generally shocked me, and made me feel violated, upset and angry. Racist and hateful words about me.

“Due to the nature of this post, I was extremely concerned someone would threaten to run over me as bounty. And I took this seriously.

“This is one of the main reasons I take my own personal security so seriously, and why I employ a professional company to protect me.”

Mr Philipps, of Knightsbridge in central London, denied three counts of sending by public communication network a menacing message.

He told the court: “My family motto is ‘Love of Country is my motivation’.”

MUGSHOT of Mr Philipps pictured after he was arrested in January

Mr Philipps said his comments were “meant to be a form of satire, a literary technique, iterated in my personal style, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but is understood and accepted by everyone who knows me”.

But Ms Arbuthnot, in a series of exchanges with the aristocrat, asked Mr Philipps: “Boat jumper, how can I see that as anything other than a racial, ethnic aggravation?”

Mr Philipps also post comments about an article involving a man called Arnold Sube headlined “Immigrant who turned down ‘small’ five-bed house may have more kids”.

He offered £2,000 for the “first person to carve” the “piece of s*** into pieces”, the court heard.

On Tuesday, the aristocrat was found guilty of two counts of malicious communications at Westminster Magistrates Court and cleared of a third charge.


‘You stuck your beak in’ Radio host blasts Gina Miller for ‘thrusting herself’ into Brexit

GINA MILLER was lambasted by radio host Paul Ross who asked why she continues to “stick her beak” into Brexit.

By CHRIS CAMPBELL

Radio Host Paul Ross and Gina Miller

TalkRadio presenter Ross criticised the anti-Brexit campaigner for relentlessly getting involved in the Brexit process, especially when she was not an MP.

The businesswoman successfully lobbied the High Court to ensure the Government could not trigger Article 50 – to kick-start Brexit talks – without an act of parliament.

Ross said: “You’ve kind of thrust yourself into the limelight on this one. You’re obviously a very committed woman, a very thoughtful woman, why aren’t you an MP?

Ms Miller replied she would not be able to spare the time to be 100 per cent committed to her constituents.

Ross then asked: “So why did you stick your beak in on Brexit then?”

The campaigner defended her actions and said she had fought for “parliamentary sovereignty”.

“I didn’t stick my beak in, I fought for a legally-progressed Brexit,” she said.

“If I hadn’t stuck my beak in, as you so put it, then we would have had a precedent set that any Prime Minister, Mrs May or Jeremy Corbyn, could just bypass Parliament and make up rules as they go along with executive orders.

“I fought for a parliamentary sovereignty, all the things everyone was banging on the table about, but nobody had the guts to stand up and defend.”

 

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