Suspended sentence for Frampton Cotterell man who sent 'grossly offensive' emails to MP

November 04 2019
Suspended sentence for Frampton Cotterell man who sent 'grossly offensive' emails to MP

A MAN who sent abusive emails to his constituency MP has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A court heard Peter Semenenko sent emails that were "of a grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character" over a period of almost two months earlier this year to the MP for Thornbury and Yate, Luke Hall, above.

The 65-year-old from Frampton Cotterell, started sending the messages on January 19 and stopped on March 22.

His trial took place at Bristol Magistrates Court on October 17 and he was found guilty.

The court heard that the emails caused Mr Hall to fear for his and his family's safety.

Semenenko was given a 9 month suspended sentence and ordered to pay costs.

He was also made subject to a restraining order banning him from any direct contact with Mr Hall or his family in person, via email or any other forms of communication, and not to have any direct contact with his constituency offices in Chipping Sodbury.