Wednesday, July 31, 2013

British man faces jail for calling Hove MP Mike Weatherley 'coward'

A university lecturer could be sent to prison for calling a city MP a “coward”.  Alex Cline faces a two-day trial after a court heard Hove MP Mike Weatherley complained to police about the name-calling in November.

The incident took place during a protest at the University of Sussex.  At the time, Mr Weatherley complained he and his staff had been pelted with rocks by “anarchists” before a planned debate on anti-squatting laws.

But during yesterday's hearing, Brighton Magistrates Court heard the only person charged with any offence was Mr Cline, for calling the MP a “coward”.

The 25-year-old faces one count of 'using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress'.  He could be handed a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment, a fine of £5,000 or both.

Mr Cline denies harassing the MP or causing him alarm and distress.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Cline's solicitor Lydia Dagostino said: “Mr Weatherley has probably been called worse in the Houses of Parliament.  “We'll be vigorously defending this case and the defendant's right to free speech.



Anonymous said...

Only a coward would take offense at being called a coward, and it is not insult to say a coward is a coward.

Bird of Paradise said...

No fre speech in england becuase of the EUROPEAN SOVIET UNION Might i suggest that england suceed

Anonymous said...

wake up America, this is what owebama wants here.

Anonymous said...

I imagine I'd face life in prison for calling Obama the "Feckless One;" at least after someone explained to him what it means.

Anonymous said...

Not only is he a coward, he also seems to be a big baby that can't take criticism.

Anonymous said...

I think he needs a better lawyer.
The 'he's been called worse in parliament' is completely irrelevant given that proceedings in parliament are subject to privilege and cannot be called into question in court.