Update: Sentenced to two years and 10 months 

August 2020

“Jesus follower” paedophile had over 300,000 indecent images

A paedophile who sent Theresa May a picture of her beheaded denied also including fake poison in the envelope – claiming he was “a follower of Jesus”.

Dr Christopher Doyle sparked a counter-terrorism investigation with his angry pro-Russia rant to the then Prime Minister, concerning two high profile poisonings.

The self-proclaimed Christian, 54, posted a letter addressed to “Theresa May, C/O: The Nazi Party at the House of Commons in Westminster, London”.

The former scientist included a mysterious white powder and a poster of the Conservative MP with her head cut off and the word ‘Pravda’ in Russian.

Within a second envelope inside was a cartoon of Alexander Litvinenko, who died after he was poisoned in London in 2006, and a volatile message criticising Theresa May’s policy towards alleged Russian involvement in the poisoning of both Mr Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal, who survived being poisoned in Salisbury in 2018.

The powder was in fact citric – a harmless substance – but prosecutors alleged that Doyle intended whoever opened the letter would suspect it was poison.

When police raided Doyle’s home in Fir Street, Widnes, they discovered 389,418 indecent images of children on his computer.

He previously admitted downloading the files, but in a four-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court denied sending a substance intending a person to believe it was noxious.

Joe Allman, prosecuting, said Doyle’s actions “had the potential to cause great alarm, not least to those ordinary men and women who deal with the mail addressed to political leaders in Westminster”.

Certain secure types of mail are collected from Royal Mail sorting offices in London and taken to a screening facility, run by Swiss Post.

Mr Allman said staff wearing protective equipment in a sealed-off area then examine this mail for hazardous substances.

One “greatly concerned” worker identified Doyle’s letter as suspicious and found the powder inside, at around 8.45am, on April 5 last year.

He and his colleagues cleared the area and called 999, before specialist police officers carried out tests and seized the evidence.

The envelope was stamped March 28 at Warrington Mail Centre and a mixed DNA profile on the stamp pointed to Doyle.

When told why he was being arrested on May 24 last year, he replied: “Yes I wrote to Theresa May, but I didn’t put white powder in it.”

During an interview Doyle stood by this denial, but revealed he also sent another letter to Theresa May, one to Boris Johnson and one to Jeremy Corbyn.

He said the letters to the two Conservatives contained the same card criticising their attitude towards Russia.