Anti-semitic man who tried to stage rally jailed for hate crime

Joshua Bonehill-Pain

Joshua Bonehill-Pain - Credit: Archant

A man who tried to stage an anti-Semitic rally in Stamford Hill has been jailed for inciting racial hatred ahead of another proposed demonstration.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23 of Hudson Road, Yeovil in Somerset, posted anti-Semitic material on the internet in June ahead of a planned rally in Golders Green – a few months after planning a similar event in Hackney which never went ahead.

On Wednesday last week he was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of inciting racial hatred and was sentenced to three years and four months in jail the following day.

Det Ch Insp Andy Barnes, who led the investigation for the Met’s public order investigation branch, said: “Bonehill-Paine posted vile, anti-Semitic material online.

“This kind of material is illegal and its publication is damaging to communities.

“There are challenges in attributing such material posted online to the originator but our digital forensic examiners worked tirelessly, carrying out extensive analysis of the material, phone data and online activity to prove that Bonehill-Paine posted the material from his laptop.”

He continued: “As this case demonstrates, there is no place for people inciting racial hatred under the guise of protest, and those that do this will be investigated and brought before

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the courts to answer for this crime.

“The Met fully understands the hurt that is felt in communities affected by this type of crime. It is only by continually working with communities that we can ensure they are safe and free from fear.”

In February, Bonehill-Paine tried to stage an anti-Semitic march as part of far-right group “Liberate Stamford Hill” in Clapton Common. Police and community leaders condemned him after he announced online that it was “time to fight back” against the “Jewification” of Britain with a march through the area, which has a large orthodox Charedi population.