Scots nationalist tweeted that George Galloway was 'fit for a bullet through the brain'

A Scottish nationalist who posted sinister Tweets about murdering George Galloway has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 3:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 3:36 pm

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Alan Tilbrook, 63, wrote several threatening comments referring to the controversial All For Unity party leader and posted them on his Twitter page earlier this year.

The Tweets included “This man [Galloway] only fit for a bullet thru the brain” and “[Galloway] shud (sic) have been shot years ago mite (sic) happen yet tho”.

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Alan Tilbrook, 63, wrote several threatening comments referring to George Galloway

Tilbrook, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, also posted a message reading: “You are not a Celt Galloway you are a traitor one day to meet a traitors end.”

The abusive comments were reported to the police and Tilbrook admitted the offence of uploading threatening messages to social media when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month.

The SNP supporter returned to the dock for sentencing where the court was told he had lost his employment as an electrician due to the case.

Solicitor Mary Moultrie said a social work report called for on the last occasion had not been prepared but asked Sheriff John Cook to deal with the matter regardless.

One of Tilbrook's offensive Tweets

The lawyer added her client had pled guilty at the earliest opportunity and that he had “cooperated fully with police”.

Sheriff Cook agreed to the motion and ordered Tilbrook to complete 70 hours of unpaid work as punishment.

The sheriff said: “Any form of threats, such as these made by you, are serious matters.

Tilbrook leaves court after today's proceedings

“They caused considerable concern and prompted investigation by the authorities who were acting on behalf of the victim in this case.

“The court must make it clear to you and others that if you try to frighten, terrify or alarm others such behaviour will never be tolerated or acceptable.

“That said you have already suffered the consequences of your remarks as you have lost your job.”

Previously the court was told several comments referring to the murder of Mr Galloway were published on Tilbrook’s Twitter feed - with the user name @loyaljock - over three days in March this year.

A plea of not guilty to posting similar threatening comments referring to the murder of Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross was accepted by the Crown.

George Galloway has been a Member of Parliament for four constituencies, firstly with the Labour Party and later with the Respect Party. The Dundonian, who now lives in south west Scotland and follows Queen of the South, moved his family out of Scotland temporarily after concerns for his security.

The 66-year-old is currently the leader of the Workers Party of Britain, which he founded in 2019, and is the Lead Spokesman for All For Unity a Scottish-based party he founded to oppose the Scottish Independence movement.

Tilbrook pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by uploading threatening social media messages and intimating George Galloway was fit for a bullet through the brain and utter sinister comments about how he might be murdered on various occasions between March 17 and 19 this year.

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