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Aristocrat guilty over 'menacing' Gina Miller Facebook post

THREATS: Gina Miller

AN ARISTOCRAT who posted racist threats online towards anti-Brexit campaigner and businesswoman Gina Miller is facing a jail sentence.

Viscount Rhodri Colwyn Philipps, 50, offered a £5000 bounty for someone to "accidentally" run the mother-of-three over, as she challenged the Government over its handling of Brexit and branded Miller a "bloody troublesome first generation immigrant".

Philipps, 50 - the 4th Viscount St Davids - wrote the message four days after Ms Miller won a Brexit legal challenge against the government.

Questioned about the comments at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Philipps described his comments as "satire".

Philipps, who defended himself throughout the trial, said his posts had been simply reflecting how he and others felt following this ruling in the High Court.

He also strongly defended his right to be offensive, claiming the attack on Ms Miller was not racist and based on fact.

However Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said she had the aristocrat’s comments were "no doubt it was menacing".

GUILTY: Viscount Rhodri Colwyn Philipps

Philipps of Knightsbridge, London, was found guilty of two charges of making malicious communications but was acquitted of a third charge.

One of the counts related to a post regarding Ms Miller, published on Facebook on November 7 2016, in which he wrote: "£5,000 for the first person to 'accidentally' run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant."

Philipps, described her as a "boat jumper" and added: "If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles."

The court heard how Miller, 52, said she felt "violated" by Philipps's "shocking" comments about her.

In November 2016 Miller won a landmark legal challenge to the government that halted Britain’s exit from Europe.
The London-based investment manager for SCM Private, was the sole claimant in a historic lawsuit which was presented to the High Court

Last year Miller spoke about the huge amount of personal abuse levelled at her on social media, including Philipps’ £5000 bounty and she revealed that she had spent up to £60, 000 on personal security.

She said: “There is a security burden that I had not envisaged. I have had to take measures for myself and my staff as well as for the business and website — all in all, we're talking £50,000-£60,000. It may be more. "

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