Viscount denies threatening Gina Miller in ‘menacing’ Facebook post
Tweed-clad aristocrat allegedly made statements about the prominent Brexit campaigner.
A viscount has denied threatening Brexit campaigner Gina Miller and branding her a “troublesome first generation immigrant” in a “menacing” Facebook post.
Rhodri Philipps, 50, the 4th Viscount St Davids, is accused of writing the message just four days after Ms Miller won a landmark High Court challenge against the Government last year.
The tweed-clad aristocrat, who corrected deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram when addressed by the wrong title, is alleged to have posted on November 7: “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.”
It went on: “If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.”
During a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Philipps, of Knightsbridge, central London, who was wearing an olive tweed gilet, pleaded not guilty to three charges of making malicious communications that were “of a menacing character”.
In another post, said to be in response to a newspaper story about an immigrant called Arnold Sube, he allegedly wrote: “Please will someone smoke this ghastly insult to this country, why should I pay tax to feed these monkeys?”
But Andrew Rinker, defending, responded: “I think a lot of these comments are taken completely out of context, he calls his own daughter a little monkey.”
It was one of two posts of a menacing nature the defendant is accused of writing on September 11 2016 about Mr Sube.
When called “Mr St Davids” as he was asked to stand, Philipps responded: “I’m not Mr St Davids, I’m afraid, it’s Lord St Davids.”
He could be seen shaking his head and muttering under his breath as a series of conditions for his bail ahead of his trial this summer were read to the court, which included not contacting Ms Miller.
He will face trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 10, at which the Brexit campaigner is expected to give evidence.
The 52-year-old claimed she received abuse after spearheading the legal challenge which eventually forced Theresa May to consult Parliament before beginning the formal process of leaving the EU.
The Guyana-born mother of three said in a radio interview that becoming the face of the court battle had resulted in her being “apparently the most hated woman in Britain”.