Two men charged over ‘grossly offensive’ and ‘racist’ Priti Patel Snapchat video
TWO men have been charged after a video was posted to Snapchat where they allegedly made racist comments about Priti Patel.
Jake Henderson, 28, and Robert Cumming, 26, were charged with sending a grossly offensive message by a public communication network.
Henderson went viral after posting the video online in January, and was sacked as the manager of his Sunday league football team.
He allegedly posted a video showing himself as Ms Patel delivered a Covid update on TV and a woman is seen in the background.
After the video was widely shared and he was identified, the Worksop Sunday League team he managed announced Henderson had been fired.
"Polo Pukz FC can announce Jake Henderson has been relieved of his managerial duties,” the club, from Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire tweeted.
"We would like to assure everyone that his views in NO way represent our club and would like to thank everyone who brought this to our attention."
The charges follow a series of complaints over the video according to the CPS, with both men set to appear in court on June 29.
Henderson, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, and Cumming, from Doncaster, were charged under section 127 of the Communications Act.
Both men, who were summonsed on 29 May, are due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court later this month.
Janine Smith, chief crown prosecutor for CPS East Midlands, said: "The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.
"Proceedings against Jake Henderson and Robert Cumming are active and nothing should be published or shared online that could in any way jeopardise the defendants' right to a fair trial."
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