A Brexit-supporting troll who bombarded MPs with racist messages and death threats has been jailed.
Jarod Kirkman, 51, wrote emails with the subject lines ‘Brexit traitor’ and ‘Brexit loser’ to seven politicians including former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan and Labour’s David Lammy, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
They used email addresses such as MP@deadpoliticianwalking.com and Putin@fsb.ru and said things like ‘Your days are f****** numbered b****, death will be swift’.
Jarod Kirkman, 51, used fake email addresses to send his abuse (Picture: Gustavo Valiente/ Central News)Kirkman, who is unemployed, wrote to Heidi Allen of the Independent Group: ‘Will it be polonium or novichok? Either way you will never know, expect it soon.’
He also told Mr Lammy: ‘Go back to the jungle n***** where you belong’ and ‘f*** off and die in the jungle’.
Others targeted included Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Jenny Chapman, former Tory Nick Boles, and Sarah Wollaston of the Independent Group.
Investigation launched over video of horse ‘covered in sores’ collapsingAll the messages, which were said to have also caused distress and anxiety to the MPs’ staff, were sent between December 4 2018 and January 21 this year.
Kirkman, of Torquay Drive in Luton, was arrested on January 29 after officers traced the messages to his home IP address.
He pleaded guilty to seven charges earlier this month.
Prosecutor Andrea Scott-Lynch told the court: ‘It would appear the defendant was motivated to send these messages by the stance that each of these MPs took towards Brexit.’
David Lammy was subjected to racist abuse (Picture: GETTY IMAGES)
The emails used the words ‘Brexit traitor’ in the subject line (Picture: Getty Images)During sentencing, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said the message needed to ‘go out’ that people who threaten MPs are ‘threatening our democratic process’.
Kirkman was sentenced to 10 months behind bars after he was handed five weeks for each of the six counts of sending threatening messages, to be served consecutively.
He was also given a 12-week custody sentence for the racist messages to Mr Lammy, creating 42 weeks in total.
Thug jailed after stabbing girlfriend 35 times to ‘teach her a lesson’Kirkman, who has no previous convictions, was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.
He was handed a five-year restraining order not to contact any of the seven MPs and may not contact any MP in a threatening or intimidating manner.
After the sentencing, Ms Morgan thanked the police for their prompt action, adding: ‘I hope today’s sentence sends out a message to anyone else who might think about making such threats that action will be taken.
‘MPs will not be put off doing our best for our constituents and the country.’
Nicky Morgan thanked the police for their swift action (Picture: Getty Images)David Lammy said death threats and racist abuse ‘have no place in our politics’, continuing: ‘We will not be cowed.’
In mitigation, Gregory Wedge said Kirkman acts as a carer for his mother, stating: In this case, it’s very clear this is a stupid man who made a series of stupid decisions.’