Gerard Traynor, 53, called Priti Patel a ‘dirty, Indian Ugandan, black P*ki n****r’ in a post on her Facebook page
An online troll who sent new Home Secretary Priti Patel a stream of racist abuse on Facebook has been jailed.
Doctor’s son Gerard Traynor, 53, was arrested in January after he called Mrs Patel a ‘dirty, Indian Ugandan, black P*** n****r’ in a post on her Facebook page.
In another post on the politician’s page, Traynor said: ‘Send dirty P*ki back in Asian countries where they belong.
‘Muslim women should be banned from wearing burkha and show faces look like wailing banshee. Muslim policemen have beards like suicide bombers.’
The Dublin-born cleaner, who lives in Oldham, Manchester, also trolled DUP leader Arlene Foster urging her to kill herself and called for an ‘Armenian genocide of unionists and the killing of all Orange people.’
His rambling hate-filled post added: ‘Don’t believe we have DUP in government, 10 DUP. You will be killed and ten DUP to the Irish Embassy. Kill you all and chop your bodies up and put your heads on the Tower of London’.
‘Why don’t you kill yourself or IRA blow you up? There should be coordinated attacks on unionist shops and schools, less Orange men breeding like pigs.
The Dublin-born cleaner sent the new Home Secretary a string of rambling hate messages that included calling for Pakistani women to be ‘sent back to Asian countries where they belong’
Patel – who was promoted to the Cabinet on Wednesday – said the messages were ‘racist, grossly offensive, hugely upsetting’ and caused her to feel ‘intimidated’
‘You should go and kill yourself, f**k off back to Scotland and give land back to Ireland or Ian Paisley will be killed by IRA.
‘Criminal Arlene Foster you worse than Ian Paisley and all your loyalist politicians should be shot in head. You look like a dirty hooker. Unionist women should be raped by Catholic men. ‘
Manchester Crown Court heard Traynor has ‘high functioning autism’ and was brought up by adoptive parents who held ‘strong nationalist views’.
Both politicians told of how they felt intimidated by the messages, and said they went beyond reasonable free speech.
In a statement to police Mrs Patel – who was appointed Home Secretary on Wednesday by new Prime Minister Boris Johnson – said: ‘I converse with the public on a daily basis this can provoke debate and I am faced with criticism.
‘This incident has taken acceptable behaviour to serious criminality, the content was shocking and disgusting in its nature and the messages were racist, grossly offensive, hugely upsetting and caused me to feel intimidated.
‘It had a huge impact on both my personal and professional life, I am a lot more wary of my surroundings when I am in public.’
Mrs Foster said: ‘I expect a degree of commentary but these messages overstep the mark of free speech, I don’t know the sender, where he was or what his intentions were.
‘I was concerned about my own movements but at least I am in control of my own movements my concerns were for my family and those around me.’
Traynor was jailed for 22 months after he admitted sending offensive messages between October and December 2018.
He has a history of sending malicious communications and racist assaults stretching back to 2004.
Sentencing, Mr Justice Bryan told Traynor: ‘This was not the exercise of the democratic right to free speech or the type of critical commentary that all politicians face on a day-to-day basis.
Traynor also trolled DUP leader Arlene Foster urging her to kill herself and called for an ‘Armenian genocide of unionists and the killing of all Orange people’
‘On the contrary, the messages are deeply offensive and threatening.’
Prosecuting Marianne Alton said: ‘The defendant sent malicious messages over Facebook to Arlene Foster and Priti Patel.
‘The messages to Arlene Foster were menacing, threatening and grossly offensive in nature.
‘The messages were sent to Priti Patel on one occasion and were menacing, grossly offensive and racially abusive.
‘The defendant admitted that his intention was to cause distress and anxiety to the recipients.
‘In Arlene Foster’s case his hope was that she would leave politics and/or “her heart would stop”.’
Traynor has 11 previous convictions for similar offences stretching back to 2004 including four for sending malicious communications.
He also received suspended sentence in 2017 for racially or religiously aggravated common assault.
Traynor previously sent racist communications to a probation worker, a police officer and a psychiatrist, as well as throwing a brick at his neighbour’s mother in a racially motivated attack.
One sent to the DUP leader said: ”Why don’t you kill yourself or IRA blow you up? There should be coordinated attacks on unionist shops and schools, less Orange men breeding like pigs’
Defence barrister John Marsh said: ‘This defendant had the most dreadful life event if you discount the difficulties that he has with Asperger’s syndrome.
‘Born in southern Ireland his mother was a 19-year-old student nurse, his father was a doctor.
‘He came from the subcontinent of India and he abandoned his mother long before the child was born.
‘The maternal grandparents wouldn’t allow his mother to keep him and so he went to the sisters of the Sacred Heart and there was an attempt for him to be adopted.
‘He was returned to the sisters, eventually he was adopted by a couple from southern Ireland. They were strict Catholics and nationalists and they lived in Oldham.
‘Some of the defendants views are covered by his upbringing, the influences he had as a child.
‘His adoptive parents eventually moved back to southern Ireland leaving him here in England.
‘He found that his natural mother had moved to Canada, she will have no contact with him at all.
‘He also found he had two half-brothers in Canada, her sons, he tried to contact them but to no avail.
‘In Easter 2018 he found out that his mother had died at the age of 70 at Christmas 2017.
‘He is a man who is incredibly lonely, he has nothing really to occupy his time.’