Man, 53, is sentenced for making threats by letter to West Lancs MP

Man, 53, is sentenced for making threats by letter to West Lancs MP

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

A MAN who sent threatening letters to MP Rosie Cooper, along with other high ranking politicians, has been jailed for five years.

Rakeem Malik, 53, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, June 18.

He was described by a judge as a ‘dangerous offender’ and an extended licence period was imposed on him, along with the life sentence he is already serving.

Malik, who uses a wheelchair, sent three letters to the West Lancashire MP, addressed to her constituency office in Ormskirk, in May 2019, and they were read by one of her staff members.

Vile threats were made in the letters, including “Jo Cox was murdered by Thomas Mair and we are going to kill you the same way.”

Jo Cox, who was a Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered in June 2016 when she was fatally shot and stabbed outside a library.

MP Cooper, who joined the sentencing hearing via Skype, said she “was angered and disconcerted” by the threats.

Malik also threatened to kill Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, as well as former Prime Minister Theresa May, and Labour MP Jess Phillips.

Malik is already serving a life sentence, handed to him in 1999, for the attempted murder of another patient at Ashworth Hospital, in Maghull.

He has also been previously convicted of possessing an offensive weapon, indecent assault and assault on a police officer.

At an earlier hearing, he had pleaded guilty to three counts of making threats to kill MP Cooper.

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