Son, 27, faces jail for sending death threats to Theresa May and David Blunkett because he feared his mother would fail UK immigrant test since she spoke no English
- Wajid Shah, 27, believed the test was too difficult for his mother Noreen to pass
- Shah sent threats to MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes
- Also sent threats to MPs Caroline Nokes, Tan Dhesi and Mark Lancaster
- Convicted of sending electronic communications with intent to cause distress
A son who sent death threats to politicians including former-Prime Minister Theresa May because he feared his mother would fail the UK immigration test is facing jail.
Wajid Shah, 27, from Slough, believed the test was too difficult for his mother Noreen to pass as she spoke no English.
Shah sent threats to Tory MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes, Labour MP for Slough Tan Dhesi and Mark Lancaster, Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North.
He also targeted Lord David Blunkett and Baroness Ruth Lister – both Labour peers – along with then-Prime Minister Mrs May, in March and April last year.
An email sent to Shah’s local MP Mr Dhesi, sent on March 28, read: ‘You’re a real b*****d Tan Dhesi you son of b***h motherf*****, I’m going to kill you with a knife or a gun you b*****d c*** d***head p***k. I chop your f****** head off.’
Wajid Shah, 27, (pictured outside court) sent death threats to politicians – including former-Prime Minister Theresa May – because he feared his mother would fail the UK immigration test
Shah was convicted of six charges of sending electronic communications with intent to cause distress or anxiety by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.
Judge Philip Bartle, QC, ordered reports and adjourned sentence until November 20.
Shah sent the emails through the website WriteToThem.com, used for contacting politicians.
He signed the messages off in either the name of his father – takeaway worker Azmat Shah – or Jobcentre Plus worker Jasmindar Badyal.
Ms Badyal said Shah attended the Job Centre every day to use the computers on his job search, mostly by himself.
Jurors heard the Shah family had split, with the eldest brother Wajid, his younger brother Abid and mother Noreen living, cooking and sleeping in one room while the father and other brother lived in other rooms.
Shah sent threats to Labour Peer Lord David Blunkett (right) and then-Prime Minister Mrs May (left), in March and April last year
Barry McElduff, prosecuting, said: ‘It would seem that the relations between Azmat and Noreen had broken down and the children had taken sides in the fall out from that breakdown, reflected in one way by the sleeping arrangements.
‘Wajid and Abid sharing the largest with their mother, it would seem that in addition to sleeping they used it as a de facto living room, and kitchen as well.
‘It gives you an idea of how things were breaking down, sadly, in the family.
‘It would seem the two other boys are very close to mother and would act as translators for Noreen Shah as she spoke little or no English.
‘Wajid had considerable anxiety about her necessity, should it arise, to complete the UK citizenship test.
An email sent to Shah’s local MP Tan Dhesi (pictured), sent on March 28, read: ‘You’re a real b*****d Tan Dhesi you son of b***h motherf*****, I’m going to kill you with a knife or a gun you b*****d c*** d***head p***k. I chop your f****** head off’
‘And the UK citizenship test sits alongside the allegations of this case for this reason.
‘Many of the persons that received abusive emails in this case either had a direct link to the UK immigration test or a perceived link to the UK immigration test.’
Mr McElduff said one of the politicians who had received emails was Lord Blunkett as it ‘was he who initiated the test’.
Tory MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes received an email saying: ‘I’m going to kill you fucking b**** and I’m going to kill you f****** bitch’
Mr McElduff added: ‘Caroline Nokes was an immigration minister in the government last year, someone it may have been felt by the defendant to have influence in this area.’
Ms Nokes received an email saying: ‘I’m going to kill you fucking b**** and I’m going to kill you f****** bitch.’
The prosecutor said then-Prime Minister Mrs May received an email, threatening to kill her with a knife or a gun, purporting to be from Azmat.
The abuse was similar in most of the emails, said Mr McElduff.
Shah was later arrested over the threatening messages.
The court was told Shah – who suffers from a learning disability – was deemed suitable to take part in Maximus, a work choice program tailored to help people get into work.
Giving evidence, Ms Badyal described Shah as ‘quiet, polite and compliant’ and said he avoided interacting with others.
Shah pleaded not guilty but was convicted of six counts of sending electronic communication with intent to cause fear.
He maintained that he never sent any of the threatening messages.
Shah will return for sentencing on November 20.
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