Facebook UK Aristocrat Faces Jail

An aristocrat who wrote an online post offering £5,000 for businesswoman Gina Miller to be run over, has been found guilty of two charges of malicious communications.

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

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

Philipps, who called his comments “satire”, faces a custodial sentence.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Philipps, of Knightsbridge, London, wrote on Facebook on 7 November 2016: “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.”

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

Ms Miller, 52, said she felt “violated” by his “shocking” comments about her.