Jail sentence for anti-Jewish extremist was fair, judge rules
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A right-wing extremist jailed for posting inflammatory anti-Jewish views in the build-up to a Golders Green rally deserved his tough sentence, top judges have ruled.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, from Yeovil, Somerset, was jailed for three years four months at London’s Southwark Crown Court last December.
The former hospice worker was convicted of stirring up racial hatred.
He posted incendiary anti-Semitic material online in the build-up to a demo planned to take place in north London’s Golders Green.
He posted a flyer with a picture of a World War Two Nazi death camp - and made a sick joke about the rally being a “gas”.
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He encouraged like-minded rightists to attend the rally, which police eventually had to re-route through central London.
Bonehill-Paine described the demo as an “anti-Jewification event” designed to “liberate Golders Green as part of the summer of hate”.
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He challenged his sentence at London’s Appeal Court.
But Lord Justice Hamblen, sitting with Mr Justice Goss and Judge Wait, refused to rule his punishment excessive.
“You did all you could to inflame the Jewish community to provoke a reaction from them,” he told Bonehill-Paine.
Rejecting the appeal, Lord Justice Hamblen concluded: “Although the sentence may be regarded as severe, we don’t consider it can be said to be manifestly excessive.
“That is particularly so bearing in mind the importance of a deterrent element in cases of this kind.”