Ex-parish council chairman, 69, says DNA tests will prove he didn't send hate mail

Mail Online | 5/26/2018 | Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
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An ex-parish council chairman who has been convicted of sending malicious hate mail has said DNA proves he didn't send the messages.

Douglas Staples was found guilty of sending malicious communications to widow Dawn Taylor and had penned a congratulations letter to the village garden society stalwart following the death of her husband.

Judge - Sarah - Campbell - DNA - Proof

The 69-year-old has now asked Judge Sarah Campbell to consider whether there is DNA proof it was his saliva on the envelope which contained the offensive letter Mrs Taylor received just days after husband Peter's funeral.

He had also previously been involved in a spat with villager Marilyn Ray - after he was accused of enrolling her on a dating site without her knowledge.

Council - Chairman - Appeal - Reading - Crown

The ex-parish council chairman has launched an appeal at Reading Crown Court against his conviction by magistrates in the town on April 2 when he was given a restraining order, told he must do 200 hours of unpaid work and was required to attend 15 days of rehabilitation activity.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £960, compensation of £200 to Mrs Taylor and to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Poison - Letter - Case - Village - Enborne

The poison pen letter case has rocked the leafy village of Enborne, Berkshire - population 735 - and residents have described it as 'all very upsetting.'

Mrs Taylor, who organises the Enborne Garden Society and lives just a stone's throw from crusty former councillor Staples, called in police when she received the distressing letter which, according to the prosecution, was 'welcoming her late husband's death.'

Staples - Police - Communication - Mrs - Taylor

Staples, was later charged by police with sending a malicious communication to Mrs Taylor on May 26 2018, days after her husband died.

He appeared before magistrates in Reading and despite denying the charge, was convicted and sentenced in April.

Friday - Reading - Crown - Court - Details

On Friday he appeared at Reading Crown Court where details of his appeal against that...
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