Man jailed for sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs

|News, Cyber / online crime

A man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs.

Jarod Kirkman, 51, used a fake email address to send malicious communications to Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Jenny Chapman, Conservative Nicky Morgan, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston of the Independent Group, and independent MP Nick Boles. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment against David Lammy of the Labour Party.

Kirkman, from Luton, admitted sending the emails last Monday (8 April) at Westminster Magistrates' Court where he was also sentenced today.

Jaswant Narwal, for the CPS, said: “Jarod Kirkman sent abusive emails from fake accounts believing his anonymity would protect him. The hate-filled abuse he sent seven MPs went way beyond any acceptable form of communication with people trying to go about their public duty.

“We hope this sentence serves as a warning to anyone thinking of sending threatening messages – whenever appropriate, you will be prosecuted.”

Notes to editors

  • Jaswant Narwal is Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern

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