Love rival's affair with MP's partner reveals her motive, 法院听到

Revelation that Labour MP Claudia Webbe’s partner WAS having ‘friends with benefitssex with his ex is ‘not a defence for her campaign of harassment’, 法院听到

  • Claudia Webbe was handed a ten-week suspended jail sentence last year
  • Harassed Michelle Merritt after accusing her of sleeping with Lester Thomas
  • 昨天, Southwark Crown Court heard the MP’s suspicions were warranted
  • But at her appeal today, Crown suggested evidence only confirmed her motive
  • A love rival’s affair with an MP’s partner reveals the politician’s motive for threatening to douse her with acid and expose her nude pictures, 今天法院开庭.

    被定罪的议员克劳迪娅·韦伯必须等待四个月才能上诉 was handed a ten-week suspended jail sentence last year after being convicted of harassing Michelle Merritt with abusive phone calls, accusing her of ‘slagging around with my boyfriend’.

    被定罪的议员克劳迪娅·韦伯必须等待四个月才能上诉, 57, was ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to Ms Merritt, who said she had been left fearing for her life.

    Claudia Webbe was handed a ten-week suspended jail sentence last year after being convicted of harassing Michelle Merritt with abusive phone calls, accusing her of ‘slagging around with my boyfriend’. She is pictured today arriving at Southwark Crown Court

    Claudia Webbe was handed a ten-week suspended jail sentence last year after being convicted of harassing Michelle Merritt with abusive phone calls, accusing her of ‘slagging around with my boyfriend’. She is pictured today arriving at Southwark Crown Court

    Southwark Crown Court heard yesterday that the MP’s suspicions were warranted, after Ms Merritt admitted that she had been having sex with Chelsea FC scout Lester Thomas for years.

    The extraordinary twist emerged during an appeal brought by the former Labour MP for Leicester East, who hopes to have her conviction overturned.

    Yesterday Webbe sat stony-faced in court as it emerged that Mr Thomas had exchanged sexual messages with Ms Merritt, given her a £120 sex toy and frequently sent her pornography.

    但今天, prosecutor Susannah Stevens said Ms Merritt’s fresh confession of engaging in sexual relations with Mr Thomas while he was with Webbe undermines the MP’s appeal.

    Of Ms Merritt’s new evidence, Ms Stevens said: ‘All of thatis relevant solely as to credibility because actually it could be said that what was going on between Michelle Merritt and Lester Thomas is actually unhelpful to the appellant’s case.

    ‘Because Claudia Webbe’s suspicions as to all of that provide her not with a defence but with a motivation.

    Webbe told the court yesterday that she had ‘suspicionsabout them but did not know they were engaging in sex.

    ‘At the time of the lockdown I may have started to begin to think that something was not right but apart from that I had no idea that they were anything more than friends,’ 她说.

    Ms Stevens said people are not always ‘completely forthcomingwith information about a sexual relationship.

    ‘It doesn’t automatically follow that if you haven’t been forthcoming of sexual relationsthat means that you have been untruthful and have lied about the acts of harassment.

    Southwark Crown Court heard yesterday that the MP’s suspicions were warranted, after Ms Merritt admitted that she had been having sex with Chelsea FC scout Lester Thomas for years (who Webbe is pictured with outside court in November)

    Southwark Crown Court heard yesterday that the MP’s suspicions were warranted, after Ms Merritt admitted that she had been having sex with Chelsea FC scout Lester Thomas for years (who Webbe is pictured with outside court in November)

    The court was reminded of the recorded phone conversation between Webbe and Ms Merritt in April 2020 in which the politician yelled nine times down the phone: ‘Get out of my relationship.

    In the call, played to the court on the first day of appeal, Webbe also said: ‘I have seen all of your posts, I have seen all of your naked pictures. I have seen all of your relationship with Lester.

    ‘Get out of my relationship, otherwise I will tell your whole family and show them all of your pictures.

    Ms Stevens said this was a significant piece of ‘corroborative and supporting evidencewhich can make the panel ‘surethat Webbe harassed Ms Merritt on 25 四月, 2020.

    The barrister added that the call made clear Webbe’s ‘animus and ill feelingtowards Ms Merritt.

    Webbe earlier told the court that the threats to expose intimate images was directed at her then-boyfriend, Mr Thomas, who she was arguing with simultaneously.

    Ms Stevens said the recording lends ‘particular supportto the allegation that there was a similar incidence of harassment via a phone call made to Ms Merritt on Mothers’ 天 2019, 31 游行.

    It is alleged that, during this conversation, Webbe called Ms Merritt a ‘slag’, threatened to send naked images of her to her family and threatened to throw acid on her.

    Ms Merritt reported the call to the police the same day.

    昨天, Webbe denied ever making such a call or delivering such threats.

    Ms Stevens said: ‘It is beyond a coincidence that the same words are said and the fact that Michelle Merritt made that call to the police at the time is strong supporting evidence so that you can be sure that there was harassment on at least two occasions.

    ‘The appellant’s case that it’s a completely false allegation, it is submitted, is undermined by that 999 call on the same day.

    被定罪的议员克劳迪娅·韦伯必须等待四个月才能上诉, a former adviser to the National Police Chiefs Council on firearms, said she split up with Mr Thomas in March this year after learning of messages he had exchanged with Ms Merritt. 图为, the former couple leaving Westminster Magistrates Court on November 4, 2021

    被定罪的议员克劳迪娅·韦伯必须等待四个月才能上诉, a former adviser to the National Police Chiefs Council on firearms, said she split up with Mr Thomas in March this year after learning of messages he had exchanged with Ms Merritt. 图为, the former couple leaving Westminster Magistrates Court on November 4, 2021

    Turning to Webbe’s evidence, Ms Stevens said: ‘Her answers did not ring true and were not credible.

    她补充说: ‘Did Claudia Webbe telephone Michelle Merritt when she knew that she shouldn’t?

    ‘Were there silent calls that caused Michelle Merritt to feel concerned and alarmed and distressed?

    ‘Did she make a threat on Mothers’ 天?

    ‘Did she repeat one aspect of that threat, namely the showing of naked images on April 25, 2020 to Michelle Merritt as opposed to Mr Thomas?

    ‘Our submission is that the extent of the other evidence which is either agreed or which in our submission has not been undermined through cross examination is such that you can be sure that there were at least two acts that amounted to harassment.

    不合逻辑和不真实”,并说她“当场编造了证据” 2019, winning the seat formerly held by Keith Vaz, the Labour veteran who retired from Parliament in the wake of a scandal.

    She was a councillor in Islington between 2010 和 2018 and was a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee.

    Earlier in her career, she was a political adviser to the then-London mayor Ken Livingstone.

    被定罪的议员克劳迪娅·韦伯必须等待四个月才能上诉, 她是伊斯灵顿的一名议员, 伦敦, 否认但被判犯有一项骚扰罪, 九月之间 1, 2018 和四月 26, 2020.

    The appeal continues.