Right-wing rag opens itself to legal action and exposes shameless bias of ‘mainstream’ media
MP Claudia Webbe today lost an appeal against her conviction on a single count of harassment, despite an appeal judge concluding that her accuser had lied extensively in sworn evidence to police and the courts and the fact that the Met Police had not disclosed vital evidence to Webbe’s legal team until six months after the first trial, in a magistrate’s court.
But the judge said that the significance of the new evidence was so great that and the stress that Webbe had faced so severe that she both reduced Webbe’s sentence and ordered the majority of the compensation, which Webbe had been ordered to pay by the magistrate, to be returned to her – and reduced the classification of the offence to Category B3 instead of the Category A the prosecution had sought.
And the judge specifically and unequivocally rejected claims – never evidenced in court at any point – that Webbe had ever made any threat to throw acid on the woman who was having – and hid in court – with Webbe’s then-partner.
As a result of widespread misreporting of that ‘acid’ claim by the so-called mainstream media last year, together with the appalling lack of support from Keir Starmer’s Labour, Webbe received an avalanche of foul racist abuse – and was targeted for murder by two men.
But despite the judge’s absolutely clear order, the right-wing Daily Mail in its eagerness to continue smearing her has just repeated the vile, false allegation in its reporting of the appeal outcome:
The tweeted headline led to a string of responses containing further abuse of Ms Webbe. It is not yet known whether she will take legal action against the rag for its staggering disregard for truth, but the paper has disgraced itself and incited further racist hate toward a black woman MP whom the judge accepted had been misrepresented and whom the police mistreated.
The Daily Mail has been contacted for comment.
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