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Catholic nun ordered to keep away from MPs after sending envelopes filled with white powder to ‘devil worshipper’ Nick Clegg
A nun has been convicted of sending six envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Sister Ruth Augustus, 71, of Leyton, east London, denied six counts of hoaxes involving noxious substances or things.
She accepted that she sent envelopes with letters in them but claimed police put the white powder in them, the court was told.
One was addressed to Mr Clegg and on the envelope was written ‘devil worshipping’, ‘freemason’, ‘sex with 30 plus women’ and ‘your poor Catholic wife and children’.
The letters were intercepted, three at a time on two separate occasions, at a mail screening centre.
The powder was found to be non-hazardous, Harrow Crown Court in west London was told.
Mr Justice Saunders deferred the case until September for a hearing at the Old Bailey while a medical report is prepared on Augustus’s mental health.
She was released on bail on condition that she ‘does not contact, directly or indirectly, any MP or senior Government official’ unless through her solicitor, the court heard.
Mark Kimsey, prosecuting, said three envelopes were intercepted at a mail screening centre in east London on June 17 last year.
A worker was checking mail when three envelopes raised concerns.
The second letter was to Baroness Scotland, and had a swastika on it and two crosses, and ‘stop this evil devil worshipping’.
The third letter was to Baroness Kennedy, and was endorsed with a swastika, and ‘stop these evil devil worshipping freemasons’. [more]