Published On: Tue, Jul 11th, 2017

Aristocrat who offered £5,000 for someone to run over Gina Miller facing jail


Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, posted a series of messages on Facebook in November last year, in which he offered money for the campaigner to be run over.

The 50-year-old wrote a post related to an article headlined ‘Gina Miller clashes with Nigel Farage on TV over Brexit law challenge’ where he offered cash for the campaigner to be run over.

He said in November: “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.

“This f***ing boat jumper come to this country, then believes she knows better than the people of our country, what is best for us.

“If this what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.”

Mr Philipps defended his remarks by claiming they were simply “political comment” and “satire” after he was arrested on January 25.

However, Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said she had “no doubt it was menacing”.

Ms Miller told the court yesterday that she had been angered by the comments.

The business owner said: “This challenge has not been popular with supporters of the EU exit.

“I have received a series of threats. These threats have also been extended to family members and staff who work for me.

“Threats have been made over numerous social media accounts. The content of the threats vary widely.

“The most serious state I should be shot in the head, and left in a bin. There have been numerous racial slurs made against me.”

She added: “All of this abuse and the threats have made me feel very scared about my personal safety and that of my family.

“The words contained in this post generally shocked me, and made me feel violated, upset and angry. Racist and hateful words about me.

“Due to the nature of this post, I was extremely concerned someone would threaten to run over me as bounty. And I took this seriously.

“This is one of the main reasons I take my own personal security so seriously, and why I employ a professional company to protect me.”

Mr Philipps, of Knightsbridge in central London, denied three counts of sending by public communication network a menacing message.

He told the court: “My family motto is ‘Love of Country is my motivation’.”

Mr Philipps said his comments were “meant to be a form of satire, a literary technique, iterated in my personal style, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but is understood and accepted by everyone who knows me”.

But Ms Arbuthnot, in a series of exchanges with the aristocrat, asked Mr Philipps: “Boat jumper, how can I see that as anything other than a racial, ethnic aggravation?”

Mr Philipps also post comments about an article involving a man called Arnold Sube headlined “Immigrant who turned down ‘small’ five-bed house may have more kids”.

He offered £2,000 for the “first person to carve” the “piece of s*** into pieces”, the court heard.

The aristocrat was today found guilty of two counts of malicious communications at Westminster Magistrates Court and cleared of a third charge.

He now faces a jail sentence.



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