A girl who was threatened with acid by the previous Labour MP Claudia Webbe was having intercourse with the politician’s boyfriend, a courtroom heard.
Webbe, who now sits because the unbiased MP for Leicester East after being expelled from Labour, is interesting in opposition to her harassment conviction and 10-week suspended jail sentence after she was discovered responsible in November 2021.
The 57-year-old allegedly threatened to disclose bare footage of 59-year-old Michelle Merritt in a string of telephone calls she made to her between September 2018 and April 2020.
Helen Regulation, representing the MP, has recommended a “evident omission” in Ms Merritt’s accounts in police witness statements and proof through the trial was that she was “having intercourse” with Webbe’s boyfriend Lester Thomas.
Prosecutors say Webbe, who was elected in 2019, was pushed by “obsession” and “jealousy” over Mr Thomas’s relationship with the manager assistant.
Ms Merritt’s telephone has been examined by police and downloaded for the reason that trial and revealed sexual messages which had been exchanged between her and the MP’s boyfriend, Southwark Crown Courtroom has heard.
Mr Thomas, a advisor at Crossrail, soccer coach, and scout for Chelsea FC, purchased her a £120 intercourse toy and steadily despatched her pornography, the courtroom was informed.
Giving proof from behind a display screen, Ms Merritt admitted having intercourse with Mr Thomas, who she described as a “narcissist who likes consideration”, between March 2017 and July 2020.
“Mr Thomas and I talked about intercourse quite a bit,” she stated. “Different folks would discuss vogue, we might discuss intercourse.
“Could I additionally add I am single, not him, and I’ve finished nothing unlawful.”
Ms Regulation recommended Ms Merritt’s proof at Webbe’s trial that Mr Thomas was only a “good buddy” may have been “deceptive to the courtroom”, and stated: “Your telephone obtain confirmed you had lied.”
The complainant stated: “I had not lied about having intercourse with Mr Thomas. No-one requested me within the magistrates’ courtroom.
“The premise of this entire factor isn’t primarily based on my intercourse with Mr Thomas, it’s primarily based on being threatened and being harassed by Ms Webbe.”
‘You had been ready to do issues to her to attempt to get even or get revenge’
The harassment marketing campaign started with silent telephone calls in September 2018 then “escalated” on 31 March the next 12 months when Webbe questioned why Ms Merritt was in contact together with her boyfriend, the courtroom heard.
Ms Merritt stated Webbe informed her: “Associates do not ship mates footage of their t*ts and p*ssy. You are a slag and ought to be acid.”
Ms Merritt then referred to as police to report that she had been “threatened by a public determine with acid”, the courtroom heard.
Nevertheless, she then acquired 17 additional telephone calls lasting 14 seconds or much less from Webbe after the MP was warned to cease contacting her, the courtroom was informed.
In a single telephone name recorded by Ms Merritt on 25 April 2020, Webbe is heard saying: “I’ve seen your whole bare footage. Get out of my relationship in any other case I’ll inform your entire household and present them your whole footage.”
Webbe claims she typically referred to as Ms Merritt’s telephone to attempt to contact her boyfriend however insists the decision on 31 March 2019 didn’t occur and that the recorded dialog was taken out of context in the middle of a row with Mr Thomas.
Ms Regulation recommended to Ms Merritt: “You had been nigh-on obsessive about Ms Webbe… and also you had been ready to do issues to her to attempt to get even or get revenge or since you had been jealous of Ms Webbe.”
Ms Merritt replied: “No, I might say Ms Webbe was obsessive about me.”
Ms Regulation stated: “You had been ready to mislead get what you need out of this case, which is for Claudia Webbe to be humiliated.”
Ms Merritt stated: “No, all I needed was the calls to cease, the threats to cease.”
The attraction, which is being heard by Decide Deborah Taylor and two magistrates, continues.
Labour has beforehand stated the celebration will push for a recall petition to power a by-election if Webbe doesn’t give up the Commons, however should wait till the result of the attraction.