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Man charged with sending offensive communication to Labour MP Dawn Butler

|News, Cyber / online crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Police to charge a 70-year-old man from Warrington with sending an offensive message to the Labour MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler.

Stephen Brotherton has been charged under S127 of the Communications Act 2003. The charge is, sending by means of an electronic network, a message that is grossly offensive, or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character on 7 June 2020.

 He will appear at North Cheshire Magistrates' Court (Warrington) on 17 August 2021.

 The CPS authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence from Cheshire Police.

 The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Brotherton are now active and that he has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

Notes to editors

The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.

The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

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