Prisoner given six more months for sending death threats to Harlow MP Robert Halfon

Crime / Mon 8th Oct 2018 at 09:23am

A MAN from Harlow, who has been in prison since 2007, has been given six more months for sending a death threat to Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Scott Marsh, aged 31, was jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court in 2007 for conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

The court heard that the malicious communication offence took place on April 13 last year, when Marsh’s letter was opened by a female member of staff in the Harlow MP’s constituency office.

It heard that Marsh was frustrated at not being released and so sent a letter threatening to kill the MP causing Mr Halfon to feel “nervous” and concerned for his safety following the murder of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

Marsh, who represented himself and appeared at Hull Crown Court over a video link, tried to stop the letter being sent from HMP Hull to Robert Halfon MP, then sent a further letter apologising to him.

He has now been sentenced to six months in prison, to be served alongside his existing sentence, after pleading guilty to sending a malicious communication.

His 2007 sentence was under the controversial Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) provision, with a minimum tariff set at 18 months.

The Ministry of Justice has since abolished the policy, but has not applied changes made as a result retrospectively leaving thousands of IPP inmates in limbo.

Full details of the case can be found here.


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