‘It has been brought to our attention that Michael O Bernicia has today put out an article making serious allegations about parties mentioned therein.
We would like to make clear that the allegations are baseless, without merit, and damaging to the individuals concerned, both on a professional and personal level.
Mr O Bernicia has accused the parties named in his article of attempted murder, a serious crime, without any legitimate evidence to back up this statement. Mr O Bernicia also makes threats in his article that the parties named should watch their backs, causing distress to both the parties and their families.
These are serious matters. The accusations levied potentially amount to libel, and the remarks that the parties should watch their backs, amount to a threat of violence. Mr O Bernicia has encouraged people to share his article publicly, causing further distress and damage to the parties.
The law on the above is clear. Malicious communications are prohibited. S127 of the Malicious Communications Act 2003, makes it an offence to send a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character over a public electronic communications network. All those sharing his article are caught under these provisions.
Further, under S4A Public Order Act 1986 it is an offence to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress to a person.
As to the other claims Mr O Bernicia has made about derailing his case, stealing evidence from him, and disrupting processes he has placed on his website, we have nothing to say aside from that this is also false, and further that his processes are readily available on his website for all to use.
This country is currently facing very serious issues, and our focus should be on the protection of children and the vulnerable. We have always sought to provide people with the tools to empower themselves and take individual actions that are appropriate for themselves, alongside working to gain suitable first hand evidence for any cases going forward.
As clearly stated by Mr O Bernicia in his article, he has no evidence to support the very serious claims he has made therein. We therefore expect an immediate retraction of his article, along with a public apology, and an instruction from him that his article should no longer be shared.
We have nothing further to say on the article and will now continue our work in the background putting together tools and information to help people to take suitable action, at an individual level.
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