Michael Stainer has been sent for trial to Canterbury Crown Court on a charge of a breach of the Malicious Communications Act 1988, following an email he is alleged to have sent on January 11th this year, to a number of local residents, including Folkestone’s MP, Damian Collins.
Speaking from the dock, and on the advice of his solicitor, Mr Stainer elected for trial in the Crown Court, despite the stated preference of the Bench to deal with the matter in the Magistrates Court. He was placed on unconditional bail with the standard warning as to his conduct while on bail. The case will be commencing on August 7th 2019 at Canterbury Crown Court.
The Crown Prosecution were also put on notice that by August 5th, they must review the case with a view to taking over what has been, so far, a private prosecution.
The Shepwayvox Team
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