The judge described the messages sent on April 5 2019 as “abhorrent”, adding that his further comments about a “couple of downys” – derogatory slang for people with Down’s syndrome – demonstrated an “ableist attitude”.
Cobban, who also spoke in the same conversation about wanting to “taser a cat and a dog”, was also found guilty of sending grossly offensive messages.
Borders was also found guilty of sending grossly offensive messages in a conversation that took place on April 25 2019, which referred to how he would be locked up for sexually assaulting a colleague. The judge said the messages clearly showed he was joking about being “locked up after he raped and beat her for leading him on”.
The judge added: “This joke clearly goes far beyond something that’s made merely in bad taste.” She said it constituted a “clear example of victim-blaming”.
A third charge related to how, on June 21 2019, Borders and Cobban joked about domestic violence victims – with Borders saying: “They just don’t listen.”
The judge said that Cobban’s comment that domestic violence victims “love it” implied they were responsible for the harm they experienced.
On June 29 2019, Cobban said of Hounslow: “There goes pussy patrol… more like fgm patrol.”
Borders replied that “Feltham is worse”, adding: “Hounslow twinned with Baghdad.” Borders also described going through Feltham as “feeling like a spot on a domino”.
The judge said these comments would be grossly offensive to any member of the public, but especially for Muslims living in Feltham and Hounslow. She said the comments demonstrated “a deeply racist attitude on the part of both”.
On Aug 7 2019, Borders said of domestic violence victims: “I bet they all had one thing in common, women that don’t listen.” The judge described these comments as “trivialising” the victims’ trauma.
Cobban was also found guilty over a comment he made on Aug 9 2019, when he described someone he was charged with protecting as an “attention-seeking, self-harming fag”.
District Judge Turnock adjourned sentence until Nov 2, telling Borders and Cobban: “You have been found guilty of these offences. And these offences, make no mistake about it, are extremely serious.
“You both face a very real prospect, in my opinion, of going to prison.”