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Man who posted articles to MP 'littered with hate' convicted

07/12/2016

A man who posted highly offensive and anti-Semitic articles relating to Luciana Berger MP in an online hate campaign has been convicted today (07 December).

The jury at the Old Bailey found Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, guilty of one count of racially aggravated harassment.

Bonehill-Paine, from Yeovil, Somerset, began posting the articles on two websites in 2014 following the conviction of another man who had posted similarly hateful content about Ms Berger. The new articles were described in court as 'littered with hate'. He will be sentenced at a later date and the CPS will, in addition, apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order to restrict his access to devices with internet access.

Sarah Jennings, Special Casework lawyer from CPS London, said: "The highly offensive, hateful and racist articles written by Bonehill-Paine in his online campaign against Ms Berger are indefensible.

"He claimed that the posts were appropriate within the bounds of free speech and freedom of political expression. However, the whole point of his posts was to aim anti-Semitic hostility towards Luciana Berger.

"Everyone has the right not to be harassed or subjected to racist abuse, no matter what position they hold in public life."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Joshua Bonehill-Paine was charged with one count of Racially Aggravated Harassment, contrary to section 32(1)(a) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
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