A man has been jailed for sending a death threat over the closure of Fabric


A 25-year-old man has been jailed for sending a death threat to a councillor involved in a controversial decision to shut down London nightclub Fabric.

Sebastian Clark-Darby, of Milton Keynes, was sentenced to eight months in prison for sending a malicious message to Flora Williamson, chair of Islington Council's licensing committee.

The council announced its decision to revoke the licence of the Farringdon nightclub on September 7 after finding it had a "culture of drug use" which staff were "incapable of controlling".

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Clark-Darby, who worked in the IT sector at the time, admitted emailing Williamson just hours after the decision.

In the message, entitled "Closure of Fabric", he wrote: "Please note you have received official death threat."

In a victim statement, read to the court by prosecutor Patricia Deighan, Williamson said: "After this email, I am much more worried I am not safe and concerned this will affect the way I carry out duties as a councillor."

Sebastian Clark-Darby
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Sentencing, Judge Daniel Worsley QC said the courts "will not tolerate" threats to public figures, adding that they "undermine the whole system of democracy".

He said that malicious messages were "grossly unnerving" for recipients such as Williamson.

In October last year Clark-Darby had been given a 12-month suspended sentence after being convicted of three counts of possessing class A drugs with the intent to supply and one count of supplying the drugs.

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He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment for breaching the suspended sentence and four months for sending the threatening message to Williamson by Judge Worsley, who acknowledged the message was "not at all pre-mediated" or "sophisticated".

Defence lawyer Shauna Ritchie said her client realised he had committed an act of "extreme stupidity" and felt regret for his actions.

Fabric is expected to appeal the decision to close its doors next month.