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Thursday, 13 July 2017
Viscount jailed for offering cash for someone to kill Brexit campaigner
Rhodri Philipps offered £5,000 on Facebook for the "first person to 'accidentally' run over" the "bloody troublesome" Gina Miller.
By Alan McGuinness, Political Reporter
A viscount has been jailed for 12 weeks for offering money on Facebook for someone to kill Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.
Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, wrote on the social media site: "£5,000 for the first person to 'accidentally' run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant".
The 50-year-old wrote the comment days after Ms Miller won her landmark High Court challenge against the Government last year over the triggering of Article 50, the formal mechanism for leaving the European Union.
Philipps, of Knightsbridge, central London, described her as a "boat jumper", and added: "If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles."
He was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court of two counts of sending menacing messages on a public electronic communications network.
The other post Philipps was convicted for was in response to a news article about an immigrant and his children.
Philipps also had a five-year restraining order placed on him to "protect" Ms Miller, along with Arnold Sube, the immigrant he abused online, and Matthew Steeples, who told Ms Miller about the racist material.
Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot ordered the recently bankrupt Philipps to pay £500 compensation, noting that he is of limited means.
Philipps has been given six months to pay up, and the judge warned him she would send the bailiffs to his home if he did not comply.
A £115 surcharge was imposed and Philipps was ordered to pay £250 in costs.
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.
She 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."
The judge noted that it was only since his conviction two days ago, when he was warned that he might go to prison, that Philipps expressed sincere remorse.
She said: "You now recognise how offensive your language was and recognise the racially aggravated nature of the first post.
"This is a sudden conversion after many months when you have expressed racist views.
"You accept now your posts were a self-indulgent release of anger. I accept you have an alcohol dependency. At the time, you believed your behaviour was an example of freedom of speech."
Philipps, who represented himself, argued he had uploaded the material in anger, had only meant to send it to his friends and that he did not mean to publish it widely or to cause offence.
The judge said: "You had plenty of time in which to remove them but they remained before you finally deleted them when you realised that they may get you into trouble."
Firearms warrant was carried out in Oak Lane on Monday
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POLICE have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with an incident in Thorn Lane where a man is alleged to have had a gun pointed at him.
The man, arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of making threats to kill and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, has since been released for further enquiries to be made said a police spokesman.
Armed police had attended two addresses in Bradford on Monday at about 5pm to carry out firearms warrants following the Thorn Lane report.
Properties in Oak Lane and Devonshire Terrace were searched and a number of people were spoken to, but no arrests were made and no weapon was located.
However, while carrying out those searches police received a report of gunshots being heard in Marlborough Road at about 6.30pm.
Firearms officers attended and found a white Porsche Panamera vehicle in Carlisle Road with damage to the front passenger door.
The vehicle was recovered for further forensic examination.
Police have now confirmed that the damage to the white Porsche was not caused by the discharge of a firearm.
Enquiries are continuing into the incident and anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at around 6.30pm that day is asked to contact Bradford District CID on 101, quoting crime reference 13170243749.
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AN ONLINE dating fraudster, who wrecked the lives of vulnerable women by conning them out of hundreds of thousands of pounds, has been ordered to pay compensation to his victims.
Gambling addict Tahmoor Khan, 32, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years last October. He was told by Judge Neil Davey QC that his offending was underpinned by “sheer wickedness,” and he had taken advantage of the women's professional and social vulnerability.
Khan, of Bude Road, West Bowling, Bradford, who had amassed £80,000 gambling debts at casinos, posed as a wealthy businessman to take advantage of two women he contacted through a dating website.
He told one victim he was the owner of a car hire business, had a £2 million fortune and owned a Bentley.
Khan was jailed after admitting two charges of fraud by false representation.
But Judge Davey ordered him to pay compensation to five women, during a proceeds of crime hearing at Bradford Crown Court.
Prosecutor Simon Waley said it had been agreed by the prosecution and defence that Khan had benefited by £993,177, but the amount he had available was £9,000.
A schedule showed that Khan's only assets were three cars, two personalised number plates and a small amount of money in a bank account.
Judge Davey made a compensation order in the sum of £9,000, to be paid to five women named in the original indictment. The compensation must be paid within three months, with five months imprisonment in default.
Khan told one woman he intended to find a wife. He falsely told her he had cash flow problems with his business and asked her for money to help him, and persuaded her to pay £50,000 to buy a Land Rover.
He told a second woman he was a wealthy man “with a few million" in his bank accounts. He told her his assets were frozen and she agreed to lend him money to help with his business, after he promised to pay her back.
Judge Davey told Khan he had preyed on his victims’ vulnerability, and their cultural background meant they could not tell others what was happening for fear of bringing shame on themselves and their families.
He said there had been serious detrimental effects on both victims.
One woman said she had become depressed and unable to eat, falling from a dress size ten to size six and had suicidal thoughts.
The second woman had made two suicide attempts.
Judge Davey told Khan he had looked for vulnerable victims and had found them on a website where women were looking for love and marriage.