A man from Harrow who has been described as a ‘Brexiteer’ has been jailed after he sent a series of death threats to MPs it has been revealed.
Robert Vidler, 64, from West Harrow, left voicemails containing death threats, threats of violence and other expletives in January this year, a court heard. At a trial on Friday (2 August) City of London Magistrates’ Court was told that voicemails were intercepted by members of staff working for independent Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles and Beaconsfield Tory MP Dominic Grieve.
Vidler then denied five charges of harassment without violence against MPs’ staff and three counts of sending menacing or obscene messages or material over a public communications network.”.
Some of the messages were played in the court itself for the jury to hear. In one message left for Mr Boles on January 13, Vidler said: “Nick Boles, if you f*** up Brexit we will cut your f***** throat. We know where you live and we know your f****** timetable and we ain’t joking.”
A voicemail from January 12, received by Philip Dumville, who worked for Mr Grieve, said: “Hello, Mr Grieve. We know your f***** timetable and we know where you f****** live, ok?” A voicemail for Mr Gardiner said: “No deal is the only deal and that will be the deal. We are leaving in March, when will you understand that? The only thing that is likely to be extended is your neck.”
In text messages revealed by police, Vidler, who is a father of three, said politicians were “absolute scumbags” and that he was angry about the “Brexit fiddle”, the court was told on Friday. The following MPs were said to have received the calls : Sir Keir Starmer, Brent North Labour MP Barry Gardiner, former education secretary and current Loughborough Tory MP Nicky Morgan, and Darlington Labour MP Jenny Chapman, the court heard.
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