Mile End man sentenced for sending Conservative politician ‘Jo Cox’ death threat tweets

Michael McAlpine has been given a suspended jail term. Picture: MET POLICE

Michael McAlpine has been given a suspended jail term. Picture: MET POLICE - Credit: Archant

A man from Mile End has been given a suspended jail sentence for sending death threat tweets to a Conservative politician referring to murdered MP Jo Cox.

Anna Soubry will donate the compensation to the Jo Cox Foundation. Picture: PA

Anna Soubry will donate the compensation to the Jo Cox Foundation. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Michael McAlpine, 25, urged people to ‘Jo Cox’ Anna Soubry on December 2 last year before he deleted his account to cover his tracks.

However the Tory candidate for Broxtowe had screen grabbed the tweets and reported him to the police.

Jo Cox was murdered by Thomas Mair in June last year. Picture: BRENDAN COX

Jo Cox was murdered by Thomas Mair in June last year. Picture: BRENDAN COX - Credit: Cox family

He admitted sending the messages when he was questioned by police.

Yesterday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, McAlpine pleaded guilty to two counts of sending a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing nature.

https://twitter.com/Anna_Soubry/status/872104320984117249

He was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail suspended for a year, ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay £500 compensation to Ms Sourby and costs of £150.

Ms Soubry has tweeted she will donate the compensation to the Jo Cox Foundation.