Pensioner Patrick Gomes was found guilty of religiously aggravated harrasment after sending antisemitic letters to Lord Alan Sugar.
British business magnate Lord Alan Sugar received three antisemitic letters, which were opened by his assistant at his company and were referred to the police.
Although the address was typed and Mr. Gomes denied sending them, Essex Police found his fingerprints on the letters and arrested him at his home in East London on March 19, 2019. Officers found additional letters in his home, written by Gomes, all of which were discriminatory in nature.
Patrick Gomes was found guilty at an earlier trial of religiously aggravated harassment, putting those targeted in fear of violence. He was jailed for three years and six months at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday and was handed an indefinite restraining order not to contact Lord Sugar, reports the Independent.
The letters included passages that said “I would like to murder all Jews in Britain, Alan”, and “I would round all of you up and put you into camps ready for deportation” and “shoving your screaming head into a hot oven – we call it baking Jewish bread”. One letter was signed “the Jew hater”.
Lord Sugar told the prosecution that he “had been made to feel extremely scared and upset, he hadn’t told his family as he knew how scared and upset it would make them”. He also said in a statement read in court: “The whole incident has shaken me up and I’m now always looking over my shoulder in case someone is close to me and about to attack me or my family.”
Judge Timothy Walker said to Mr Gomes that his letters were “frightening and deeply offensive to Lord Sugar”, adding that “society will not tolerate behaviour such as yours”.