Man jailed for ‘racist’ email to Labour MP Naz Shah

Stewart Hanson threatened Naz Shah's family

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A man who sent an offensive email to Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities has been jailed for 12 weeks.

In the email Stewart Hanson accused Naz Shah of antisemitism and trying to silence the victims of the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Prosecutors said he also made "racist" taunts and threatened Ms Shah and her family.

Ms Shah contacted West Yorkshire police, who were able to trace the email to Hanson and arrest him at his home in October last year

Naz Shah was the target of the attack

Crown Prosecution Service spokesman Alan Currums said the email caused Ms Shah “significant alarm, harassment and distress, and made her fear for the safety of her family”.

“When he was arrested and questioned by police, Hanson said he was ashamed of himself for sending the email but that's no explanation and certainly no excuse,” he said.

“MPs have a difficult job to do and are often in the public glare. That should not mean that they are targets of vicious, racist taunts and criticism that goes way beyond fair comment.”

He added: “People often think that when they send an email or social media communication from the privacy of their own home they can't be traced. That is not true at all.”

Along with the jail sentence Hanson has been ordered to pay Ms Shah £300 compensation.

Ms Shah is currently in Saudi Arabia for Hajj, and is yet to respond to the sentence.

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