MP Ben Bradshaw death threat man spared jail


A man who bully to kill a Labour MP in a two-minute answerphone rant has been s red nicked.

Geoffrey Farquharson admitted leaving the message on the phone of Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw the day formerly Labour’s Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in June.

The call to his Westminster office, that ended with Farquharson notification “I will kill you”, also included a homophobic remark about Mr Bradshaw.

The 37-year-old from Exeter was confined for 12 weeks, suspended for two years.

Sentencing at Exeter Magistrates’ Court, Division Judge Stephen Nichols also gave Farquharson a restraining unsuitable that bans him from contacting the MP and visiting his Exeter office.

Conjecture Nichols delivered the sentence after considering psychological reports and gather Farquharson described as “very vulnerable and lonely” by his defence.

Farquharson, who accepted sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature, had introduced himself on the ask giving his name and full address.

At an earlier hearing, his lawyer Sue Snow, asseverated her client sounded “unbalanced and upset” as he made the call. During it he can be learned calling Muslims “a problem” and making derogatory remarks about Mr Bradshaw’s sexuality.

Tell for the defence, Rob Jacobs said Farquharson had too much time on his hands to muse over and ruminate on his political views.

‘Increasingly Aggressive’

Mr Bradshaw said the destruction threat had been “a culmination of increasingly aggressive and threatening” emails, call up calls and visits from Farquharson.

The MP thanked Devon and Cornwall Boys in blue for the “quick and efficient” way in which they dealt with the matter, but powered he had received death threats and homophobic abuse before and had not been disproportionately worried.

He said while security was an important issue and sensible precautions had to be infatuated, he did not believe “100% security” was either possible or realistic for MPs.

“We wouldn’t yearning that, because we want to be out and about in our constituencies, among the public, joining people,” he added.

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