Birmingham man admits threats to kill
UPDATE Thursday 18 June 2020:
Rakeem Malik has been sentenced today (18 June) at Birmingham Crown Court to five years imprisonment followed by five years on extended licence to run consecutively to his current sentence.
HHJ Crabb deemed Malik to be ‘extremely dangerous’ and granted a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) restricting any future contact with members of Parliament.
A Birmingham man has pleaded guilty today (29 May) to sending threatening letters to the Prime Minister and other members of Parliament.
Rakeem Malik, a serving prisoner, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with malicious communications and letters containing threats to kill sent to then MPs Rosie Cooper and Jess Phillips between May 2019 and November 2019, and sending malicious communications to the then Prime Minister Theresa May in September 2018 and PM Boris Johnson in December last year.
An investigation was launched after letters were received by MP Rosie Cooper in May 2019 containing threats to kill her. Fingerprint analysis identified Malik and, in interview, he admitted sending further letters to Theresa May in September 2018. These had never reached her personally, but were retrieved for examination and linked to Malik.
A further letter was sent to MP Jess Phillips at her constituency office in November last year and one was intercepted addressed to PM Boris Johnson the following month.
The 52-year-old admitted making four threats to kill against Rosie Cooper and Jess Phillips, and sending three letters intending to cause distress or anxiety to Theresa May and one to Boris Johnson. He will be sentenced on 11 June.