BBC Reality television star pleads guilty after saying Down syndrome kids should be put down for living pointless livesBy Mason White 10:26 AM November 6, 2015
By: Wayne Morin
A woman in the United Kingdom, was arrested after she posted a message to Facebook, which appeared to be offensive to many people.
23-year-old Ursula Presgrave of Wales, who appeared on BBC’s The Call Centre, is facing jail for posting a message to Facebook, which called for kids with Down syndrome to be put down.
Presgrave, who was known for tattoos, piercings and profanity, told her followers on Facebook: “Anyone born with Down syndrome should be put down, it’s just cruel to let them lead a pointless life of a vegetable.”
The 23-year-old woman was arrested and now she pleaded guilty to an offense under the Malicious Communications Act. She is facing 6 months in prison or a fine of £5000 ($7,600).
The message angered many social media users and resulted in a wave of complaints to the South Wales Police. More than 1,300 people have commented on the post and described it as “vile and sick.”
Prosecutor Linda Baker told the Swansea Magistrate’s Court that Presgrave’s cellphone was seized and it contained numerous photos with slogans mocking people with Down syndrome.
In court, Presgrave’s attorney Mark Davie, said that the reality TV star showed genuine remorse, and she made a public apology.
“She accepts that she crossed the line, and that is indicative of the fact that she has pleaded guilty,” he added.