Louise Minchin: Jailing of my stalker sends ‘clear message’ to those who make violent threats on social media

Louise Minchin, the BBC television presenter, has said the jailing of her stalker sends a "clear message to people on social media who make violent threats".

Ex-soldier Carl Davies, 44, was sentenced to two years and eight months after posting multiple "intimidating" messages "intended to maximise fear and distress" to Ms Minchin and her teenage daughter Mia’s social media accounts over four days between July 14 and 17 2020.

In one message to Ms Minchin, he wrote: "Move or you’re f—-d." In another, he said: "Your daughter will definitely be raped," followed by their home address, the village they lived in and the cars that were in their driveway at the time, Mold Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

Carl Davies has been jailed for two years and eight months

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Ms Minchin said in a statement: "The sentencing of a man who made horrific threats online against my daughter and I marks the end of what has been a very distressing time for both of us.

"I would like to thank North Wales Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for their hard work and for successfully investigating and prosecuting the case.

"I hope it sends a clear message that people who make violent threats on social media can be found, can be prosecuted and can expect a prison sentence."

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The presenter and her daughter said the stalking had a "horrific, devastating and lasting impact" and still suffered from a "sense of deep distress" more than a year on, the judge was told.

In a victim impact statement, Ms Minchin said: "We are both still traumatised by what has been a harrowing experience."

Prosecutor Brian Treadwell said: "The family do not feel safe and perhaps never will."

Passing the sentence, Her Honour Judge Nicola Saffman handed Davies a prison sentence of two years and eight months and an indefinite restraining order.

She said: "Clearly they would have been terrified by that, especially because it’s clear you knew where they lived and knew the details of cars that were on their drive.

"As a result they are both now hyper-vigilant, they still have a sense of deep distress one year on and the family still don’t feel safe."

Davies, of Flint, North Wales, had previously been convicted in 2017 of stalking another woman and for biting his father on the arm in 2019, the court heard.

Commenting on one of Ms Minchin’s photographs, he said: "You can see your garden from there," showing he was aware of where they lived, the court heard.

He was due to face trial at Caernarfon Crown Court on Tuesday for two counts of stalking the presenter and her daughter, but changed his pleas to guilty before a jury was sworn in.

Carl Davies suffered ‘significant’ PTSD after serving in Iraq

Duncan Bould, mitigating for Davies, said he sustained PTSD while serving with the armed forces in Iraq.

He said Davies, who attended court with his father, had never received treatment for the condition. He was partly diagnosed in 2017, but only had his condition fully recognised during a psychiatric examination to assist with the sentencing.

Judge Saffman added: "I accept that you are remorseful for what you have done.

"I have also taken into account your PTSD, which is significant and has never been treated and which was incurred and suffered as a result of you serving your country at war in the parachute regiment."

Addressing probation service staff, she said: "There should be made to Mr Davis upon his release on licence psychiatric and psychological assistance and input, not just signposting."

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