Former SNP councillor guilty of sending racist texts following Paris terror attacks

Former SNP councillor guilty of sending racist texts following Paris terror attacks

Craig Melville sent the messages after terror attacks in Paris

Friday, March 16, 2018

A former SNP councillor and MP's aide has been found guilty of sending racist messages after the terror attacks in Paris two years ago.

Craig Melville sent the messages to a woman he was having an affair with, Nadia El-Nakla, following the Bataclan attack in 2015.

The allegations about the messages led to the 37-year-old resigning as the aide to Stewart Hosie, MP for Dundee East, and as a councillor in Dundee, according to The Telegraph.

The messages were uncovered when the El-Nakla's husband discovered her affair and used data recovery software to take information from her phone, as she'd denied the relationship.

He passed the information on to police as well as Melville's managers and MSPs.

One of the texts said: "It's not personal I just f*****g hate your religion and I'll do all in I'm life do defeat your filth [sic]."

El-Nakla was working in the Dundee SNP offices when she started an "on off, intimate" relationship with Melville in 2014, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

She told the court that on the night he sent the messages he had also phoned her and sounded drunk. Later in that same year the man married his fiancee.

Melville was convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour and has been given a £1,000 fine.

His defence said he is no longer working in politics and is now a personal trainer.

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