UK man faces jail for sending Jewish MP anti-Semitic threats
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UK man faces jail for sending Jewish MP anti-Semitic threats

Social media troll John Nimmo admitted to sending Luciana Berger pictures of knives with warnings to ‘watch your back Jewish scum’

Labour MP Luciana Berger delivers a speech to the Annual Conference on October 7, 2015 in Brighton, UK. (screen capture: YouTube)
Labour MP Luciana Berger delivers a speech to the Annual Conference on October 7, 2015 in Brighton, UK. (screen capture: YouTube)

A British man who sent death threats and anti-Semitic messages to a Labour MP was charged with harassment at a Newcastle court on Wednesday.

John Nimmo, 28, was charged with two counts of causing stress and anxiety for sending Luciana Berger pictures of knives with messages warning her that she would “get it like Jo Cox” and to “watch your back Jewish scum, regards your friend the Nazi.”

Labour MP Cox was shot and stabbed by a far-right activist on June 16 in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Nimmo admitted to sending the harassing messages during the Wednesday court hearing and was remanded into custody until his August 24 sentencing.

In 2014, Nimmo spent two months in jail for sending harassing tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and Labour MP Stella Creasy.

On Wednesday, Berger told the court that Nimmo’s threats caused her “huge distress” and that she was “concerned for my safety and felt immediately threatened.”

“The biggest concern was not knowing who this was, for all I knew the offender could have resided next door to me,” she said during the hearing. “I have had anti-Semitic messages before, but to have both together, alongside reference to my colleague Jo Cox, was terrifying.”

Berger also thanked law-enforcement for their “swift action” in dealing with the harassment.

Nimmo will be sentenced at Newcastle’s crown court, where a judge is able to hand down a heavier sentence.

During the hearing, the prosecution noted that the probation service had recommended Nimmo serve a prison sentence for the online abuse.

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