Sherriff gets justice as ‘troll’ escapes prison

AN INTERNET troll who sent a death threat to MP Paula Sherriff has avoided jail – for now.

Father-of-four Daniel Labacik, 38, of Nottinghamshire, was given an eight-week prison term suspended for a year.

He was also given a 12-month restraining order against Miss Sherriff and told to pay £315 in costs.

Labacik admitted sending an electronic communication which was “indecent or grossly offensive” on June 15.

That day Ms Sherriff (Lab, Dewsbury and Mirfield) had called for unity after Savile Town teenager Talha Asmal became a suicide bomber in Iraq.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court, said Labacik saw an article on the Britain First Facebook page.

As a result he sent Miss Sherriff a message which in part said she was a “dead woman walking”.

Mr Bozman added that it also said: “You love Muslim lovers we got your phone number and details thanks (sic).”

Mohammed Arif, mitigating, said Labacik had been drunk at the time the message was sent.

He said of his client: “He is absolutely disgusted by what he has written. He wishes it had never happened and that he could turn the clock back.”

Chairman of the bench Sue Lamb said in sentencing that Miss Sherriff had feared for her safety.

She added: “This was a particularly nasty communication which contained threats of violence and had a racial element.”

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