Man who made threat to set fire to UK MP from his home in Cork avoids jail after court heard it was a “classic case of drink and dial”

Daniel Weavers of Castletreasure in Douglas was charged in November last year of sending a message by phone that was menacing on the 18th of October 2021.

Weavers was charged with a second similar offence on that same evening when he appeared at Cork District Court last month.

Today the court heard that Weavers made the calls during the pandemic lockdown at a time when he was paranoid about world affairs after a period of isolation.

Judge Alec Gabbett was told Weavers- who is a British national- phoned Cambridgeshire Police threatening to set fire to a former MP saying, “It is only the start of it for Number 10.”

Det. Garda Eoghan O’Callaghan said previously that two calls were made to Cambridgeshire police – one at 12.23 a.m. and the other at 12.43 a.m., on the night in question

Weavers wrote a letter of apology and said he was on his computer that night whilst drinking and the court heard he had made no effort to hide his number or identity.

Judge Gabbett said it was a “serious matter” when a person threatened members of parliament and handed weavers a suspended three month sentence

 


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