Ex-BNP man fined over 'names' blog
(UKPA) – 34 minutes ago
A former member of the British National Party has been fined £200 after he admitted releasing membership details online.
Matthew Single, 37, formerly of Brinsley, Nottinghamshire, admitted disclosing the names, addresses and occupations of some 12,000 members in a blog on the internet.
The charges were dropped against his wife, Sadie Graham-Single.
Graham-Single, 30, a recruitment consultant who has one 14-month-old child with her husband and is expecting twins, was not at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
District Judge John Stobart also ordered Single to pay £100 towards the cost of the prosecution.
The judge added: "It came as a surprise to me, as it will to many members of the party, that to do something as foolish and as criminally dangerous as you did will only incur a financial penalty. It comes as no surprise to me that somebody to do with an organisation that prides itself on Britishness is in fact living off the British people on Job Seeker's Allowance and that is why the fine is so low as to be ridiculous."
Single, an unemployed engineer, was accused last November of leaking the BNP's membership list in an online blog. It contained the names, addresses and contact details of some 12,000 party members. Among those names were current and former servicemen, teachers, doctors and a police officer.
Wife Graham-Single was also accused at the time but the charges against her were dropped. The court heard that the couple had relocated to the south of England and the judge upheld an order preventing their new address being released.
BNP spokesman John Walker said some of the party's members were now considering civil cases against Single and his wife. Mr Walker added: "There have been some real victims in this case. People had their homes attacked and some people have lost their jobs."
It is understood the maximum sentence Single could have received would have been a £5,000 fine.
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