Internet troll who sent Labour MP antisemitic messages is jailed

An internet troll who sent antisemitic messages to a Labour MP and other victims has been jailed for more than two years.

John Nimmo sent messages to Luciana Berger, the Liverpool Wavertree MP, which included a picture of a knife and a threat that she would “get it like Jo Cox”. He referred to Berger as “Jewish scum” and signed off his messages with the words “your friend the Nazi”.

Berger, who has repeatedly suffered racist and antisemitic taunts online, told the court in a statement that the threats from Nimmo had caused her “great fear and anguish”.

She said: “I have had antisemitic messages before, but this time they were alongside references to my colleague Jo Cox. This incident has impacted on me, for all I knew the offender could have been residing next door to me. This caused me to feel physically sick.”

Nimmo has a history of online abuse of women. He has previously been jailed for online harrassment and threats to the Labour MP Stella Creasy and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

At Newcastle crown court on Friday he was sentenced to 27 months in jail after pleading guilty to nine charges; four of sending a communication conveying a grossly offensive message, three of conveying a threatening message and two of sending a communication conveying false information.

Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger: ‘This caused me to feel physically sick.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

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