A man who emailed a trivial insult to a Tory MP after the politician was headbutted by a rival at Westminster was fined ฃ 110 and ordered to pay ฃ 100 costs. He was also given a restraining order against contacting the MP directly or indirectly for 12 months.
Nicholas Scales told MP Stuart Andrew to stop wasting police time and get your fucking job done , Leeds magistrates court heard. Scales said Eric Joyce, the Labour MP who attacked Andrew in the Strangers Bar at the House of Commons in February,probably knocked some sense into your small-minded Tory mind . The rant continued, saying if the MP had ever been out in Leeds or Bradford he would have known how to defend himself.
Scales, who pleaded guilty to sending a malicious communication last month, will pay the fine and costs out of his benefits.
Lin Burgess, chairman of the bench, told him:
We note your previous good character, early guilty plea and co-operation with the police and have had the benefit of a lengthy pre-sentence report. We consider this a serious offence due to the content of the communication sent.