A British man is facing jail after admitting he wanted to kill a gay Labour MP.
On the day before another Labour MP, Jo Cox, was murdered, 37-year-old Geoffrey Farquharson phoned the parliamentary office of Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.
During the two-minute call, Farquharson went on a rant about Bradshaw’s sexuality, Muslims and ended it with: ‘I will kill you, you bastard.’
In court, he admitted to sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature. He had introduced himself on the call and given his full address.
‘I am more worried about my staff in Exeter who have borne the brunt of his behavior,’ Bradshaw wrote in a statement, according to the Guardian, and said he had received death threats before and was not concerned.
Farquharson’s lawyer Sue Snow said he sounded ‘unbalanced and upset’ when he made the court.
District judge Diana Baker said Farquharson faced a jail sentence for the ‘venomous’ phonecall but adjourned for a psychiatric assessment and probation. He was bailed until August for sentencing and warned not to contact Bradshaw, his office, or go to Westminster.
Speaking to reporters, Bradshaw: ‘Politicians driving in armored convoy and being protected by high walls is not the British way. But it is about getting the balance right and not allowing crimes like this to change our way of life.
‘I just feel really numb with grief over what happened to Jo and desperately upset for [her husband] Brendan and her family and loved ones. We all must live with a constant sense of vulnerability.
‘I do think we should use this as a moment to reflect as a nation on the political culture we create. And I think politicians and commentators should think more carefully about what they say and do and the influence it has on people and what can open us up to hatred and violence.’
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