- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2015

A BBC reality television star who wrote on Facebook that children born with Down syndrome should be “put down” could face up to six months in jail under the U.K.’s Malicious Communications Act.

Ursula Presgrave, who appeared on BBC3’s “The Call Centre,” was taken to court after writing, “Anyone born with down syndrome should be put down, it’s just cruel to let them lead a pointless life of a vegetable.”

The message was removed by Facebook, but not before outraging social media users and spurring a flood of complaints to South Wales Police, the Daily Mail reported.

The 23-year-old was arrested after police also found photos joking about the disabled on her phone, prosecutors said. She pleaded guilty in Swansea Magistrates’ Court and now faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail or a £5,000 ($7,534) fine. She was released on bail and will be sentenced later this month, the Daily Mail said.

Mark Davies, Ms. Presgrave’s attorney, told the court: “There is genuine remorse, and she would like to make a public apology.”

“She accepts she crossed the line, and that is indicative of the fact she has pleaded guilty,” he said. “She does not harbor any prejudice to people with these difficulties.”

A goddaughter of Princess Diana who has Down syndrome was among those who spoke out against Ms. Presgrave, the Daily Mail reported.

Domenica Lawson, whose mother Rosa Monckton was reportedly a close friend of Diana, wrote in September: “We are real people with Down’s syndrome, we were all born this way and we are not like vegetables. That’s a mad thing to say, this is my life.”


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