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Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images Frank Zimmerman, 60, sent a threatening email to Conservative MP Louise Mensch
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Arrest warrant issued for internet troll who threatened UK MP
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who sent a malicious email to Conservative MP Louise Mensch which threatened that one of her children would be killed.

AN ARREST WARRANT has been issued for a 60-year-old man who sent a malicious email to British MP, after he failed to appear in court over the matter.

Frank Zimmerman from Gloucester emailed Conservative MP Louise Mensch in August 2011 and told her to cease using Twitter or face the consequences. In April, he was convicted (in his absence) of sending by a public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing message.

Zimmerman contacted Mensch after she spoke out in favour of temporarily shutting down social networking sites during the London riots, the BBC reports.

In the email, he told the mother-of-three that she would face a “Sophie’s Choice” – a reference to the novel by William Styron in which a mother in a Nazi concentration camp is forced to choose between the life of her son and her daughter.

Zimmerman’s email read:

Subject: You have been HACKED :D.

Louise Mensch, nee Bagshawe, the slut of Twitter. We are Anonymous and we don’t like rude c**** like you and your nouveau riche husband Peter Mensch. You have been hacked!

We are inside your computer and all your phones, everywhere… and inside your homes.

So get off Twitter. We see you are still on Twitter. We have sent a camera crew to photograph you and your kids and will post it all over the net, including Twitter. C***face.

You now have a Sophie’s Choice. Which kid is to go? One will, count on it c***. Have a nice day. From all of us at MIT 617-253-1000.

Mensch contacted the police immediately after receiving the email and also posted a defiant message on Twitter in relation to it.

After the email was traced to Zimmerman’s computer, the 60-year-old denied sending it and said he would not be able to attend court on the matter – citing agoraphobia and depression.