Maurice Kirk trial: “Former Taunton vet Maurice Kirk NOT GUILTY of stalking MP Rebecca Pow” 20 May 2021 + archive

Maurice Kirk arriving at Exeter Crown Court during his trial

Former Taunton vet Maurice Kirk NOT GUILTY of stalking MP Rebecca Pow

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow
Ms Pow described Mr Kirk’s behaviour as “terrifying”, however a jury cleared him of stalking her

A man who sent his MP a letter covered in white powder has been cleared of stalking her but has been issued with a restraining order.

Maurice Kirk, 76, of Westgate Street, Taunton, said he wanted to enlist Rebecca Pow’s help in a police dispute.

The Conservative MP for Taunton Deane told Exeter Crown Court she found Mr Kirk’s behaviour “terrifying”.

His restraining order is for seven years but he may contact her by letter or email at the House of Commons.

Mr Kirk is not allowed to visit Ms Pow’s home or her constituency office in Taunton.

He represented himself in court and was cleared of one count of stalking that caused serious alarm or distress.

The prosecution claimed his stalking campaign started in May 2019 while he was in prison for an unconnected offence of breaching a harassment order against a doctor.

Social media restriction

Mr Kirk said he had contacted Ms Pow’s office to enlist her help in his attempt to sue South Wales Police.

The court heard he wanted to sue the force over a prosecution in which he was cleared of fixing a machine-gun on a vintage plane, after claiming it was a harmless piece of metal.

Mr Kirk said he used toothpaste to seal an envelope that he sent to Ms Pow’s office, which she mistook for possible anthrax.

He also turned up at Ms Pow’s home during the national lockdown in May 2020, but again said he was trying to get her to help him and that his contact was normal.

Mr Kirk posted a photo of himself carrying a shotgun with two pictures of Ms Pow posted directly beneath on his website.

Judge Peter Johnson banned Mr Kirk from making any comments about Ms Pow on social media or his website.

He was also ordered to remove a post he published while the jury was considering its verdict.

In a statement, Ms Pow said: “I would like to thank those who have supported me over the past two years, especially my dedicated staff and my close family.

“I welcome the decision to apply a robust restraining order for my protection so that Mr Kirk’s behaviour towards me as an MP is properly regulated in future.”

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Archive [here] continues [from 2011]

Maurice’s site / updates from: “Flying Vet challenges South Wales Police”


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1 Response to Maurice Kirk trial: “Former Taunton vet Maurice Kirk NOT GUILTY of stalking MP Rebecca Pow” 20 May 2021 + archive

  1. butlincat says:

    now the full story of this “trial” with it’s numerous irregularities will come out eg. myself and others denied giving evidence. After Maurice left the court and on his journey home a police car shadowed his car from the court building to the motorway. Talk about desperate!

    And: #Justice AT LAST: #TheGuardian on the Maurice Kirk trial verdict:


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