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Lorraine Higgins receives threat to fill her 'rat's mouth with lead'

This is the third death threat the senator has received in the last year.

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SENATOR LORRAINE HIGGINS has received yet another death threat – the third in the space of a year.

In two emails she received last week, the sender said there would be “nothing better than filling your rat’s mouth with lead”. They also warned her to “f**k off while you’re still breathing”, she told this morning.

A video of a sniper was also included in one of the emails.

The Labour senator said she was “a little rattled” over the emails which she only read yesterday when she got back to her office computer.

It’s clear this person is quite deranged.

In previous death threats this year, Higgins was told she would be hatcheted in the face and that her head would be ripped off and “shoved where the sun don’t shine”.

Both were reported to gardaí and a file has been sent to the DPP in relation to the first threat. Though the person responsible for the second death threat was tracked down, gardaí decided not to pursue charges which the senator said she was “most disappointed about”.

However she said she will be reporting this latest threat to gardaí later today.

I do worry for my own safety when I have people who are unidentifiable sending messages like that.

The Senator has been very vocal about abuse and threats she has received in the past and published a bill earlier this year that would render cyberbullying a criminal offence.

This morning she noted that a number of colleagues had spoken on the issue at the time though none of the men who spoke mentioned being targeted.

“Four women spoke and they had all been victims of abuse online. It seems to be down to a deeply misogynistic attitude by some online.”

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