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UK: Guilty Racist Councillor Walks Free From ‘Monkey’ Slur Trial

By Published October 04, 2018

An independent councillor who called Diane Abbott(MP) a monkey in a Facebook post has walked free from court despite pleading guilty to the racist charge.

Richard Alderman who also called for Theresa May to be publicly hanged for ‘treason’ vowed to remain in post and stand for re-election walked free from court after telling the judge his primary concern is to see UK regain sovereignty from the European union.

The 72 year-old pro-brexit member of Rutland County Council pleaded guilty to four offences under the 2003 Communications Act and was given a six-month curfew during sentencing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Described in court as “pro-brexit and anti-immigration,” Alderman admitted writing a total of six grossly offensive and menacing posts, including rants directed at shadow home secretary Ms Abbott and Tory MP Ms Anna Soubry.

Offering mitigation for Alderman, defence lawyer Sandeep Kaushal said his client was ashamed and wished to apologise for the “ill-thought” comments and the effect on those mentioned in the posts.

District Judge David Robinson heard that Alderman has a lung condition, arthritis and diabetes and was not fit for unpaid work but said he saw no reason to depart from sentencing guidelines governing the offences.

He then ordered Alderman to wear an electronic ankle tag to monitor a 7pm-7am curfew.

Rutland County Council said Alderman will be referred to its standards committee, which will investigate and review his actions against its code of conduct.

 

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