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Piers Corbyn fined £250 after accusing vaccination centre staff of ‘murdering people’

Piers Corbyn has been fined £250 for accusing NHS staff at a London vaccination web site of “murdering people”.

The 75-year-old brother of former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn was amongst a gaggle of anti-vaxxers who arrived with a “cease and desist letter” at Guy’s Hospital, in central London, on 18 January.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Corbyn – the defendant – instructed nursing sister Chelsea Butcher: “We are not leaving, you are murdering people here.”

Prosecutor Iestyn Morgan stated Mr Corbyn and David Burridge, 44, from Hounslow, west London, refused to go away the hospital when instructed to by NHS staff and police.

Mr Corbyn, an astrophysicist and conspiracy theorist from Walworth, in south-east London, stated he had been arrested 15 instances for the reason that begin of the pandemic, and claimed: “We were not there trying to obstruct people doing anything.”

In February, Mr Corbyn denied that he had been “abusive” towards medics and he and Mr Burridge plead not responsible.

Prosecutor Luke Staton had stated: “The defendants were somewhat abusive towards members of staff, calling them murderers.”

Interrupting Mr Staton within the courtroom, Mr Corbyn stated: “We said nothing. Open lies in open court is unacceptable.”

But the 2 defendants, who represented themselves at a one-day trial, have been on Friday discovered responsible by District Judge Briony Clarke of inflicting a nuisance or disturbance on NHS premises with out affordable excuse.

She fined Corbyn £250 and Burridge £200, ordering them to every pay an extra £234 in prices and different fees.

“In my view the defendants were there in order to try to stop the centre operating, hence the ‘cease and desist letter’ they were producing to the members of NHS staff,” she stated.

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