08:13, August 25 281 0 theguardian.com

2017-08-25 08:13:03
Viscount who was jailed over Gina Miller threats drops his appeal

The man jailed for offering £5,000 to anyone willing to kill Gina Miller, whose court victory forced the government to consult parliament over Brexit, has dropped his appeal over his 12-week sentence.

The fourth Viscount St Davids, Rhodri Philipps, was sentenced on 13 July for “extreme racial abuse” of Miller and another man in a series of Facebook posts, having been convicted of sending malicious communications.

On Friday, he dropped his appeal after being warned his sentence could be increased if he continued and was ultimately unsuccessful. Philipps served only five days of his sentence before being released on bail while his appeal was pending.

Deborah Taylor, the recorder of Westminster sitting at Southwark crown court, said: “In those circumstances the sentence which was imposed at magistrates courts in full will [re] commence from today.”

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