thursday, 18 august of 2016

Man charged over Facebook ´death threat´ sent to MP will not face trial

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a man charged with posting an apparent death threat on the Facebook page of a Conservative MP days after the killing of Labour’s Jo Cox.

Gun and knife emojis were posted on South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay’s Facebook page after the words: “Another MP that needs …”

Mackinlay called police to investigate the post, which he described as being in “appalling taste” following the death of Cox, who was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Mark Verier, 28, was charged with sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing communications, and was bailed to appear at Margate magistrates court on Wednesday.

But it has emerged that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped the case against Verier, of Ramsgate.

A police spokesman said: “Kent police investigated a report of offensive or threatening comments being made on a social media post. Having investigated the case the evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service, who authorised a charge of malicious communications against the suspect.

“However, the CPS has since taken the decision to not continue with court proceedings.”

A CPS statement said: “The CPS received a file of evidence from Kent police regarding an allegation of malicious communication and, based on this, a decision was made to charge Mr Verier.

“As with all cases, it was subject to further review and the decision was taken that it did not meet the high threshold for prosecuting such offences. Therefore, the case was discontinued.”

Mackinlay said: “CPS decisions are a matter for them but I’m very grateful to Kent police for handling this matter with the seriousness and professionalism it warranted.

“I am continuing to upgrade security for my staff and family who face the brunt of attacks from so-called ‘cyber-thugs’.”

(Published by The Guardian - August 18, 2016)

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