Man convicted of race-hate ahead of Golders Green neo-Nazi rally

Barnet & Whetstone Press, UK/December 17, 2015

By Ruth McKee

A man has been convicted of inciting racial hatred after he posted anti-Semitic material online in the run-up to a far-right rally in Golders Green earlier in the year.

Joshua Bonehill-Pain, 23, of Hudson Road, Yeovil, Somerset was found guilty by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday December 16 after a two-day trial.

He will be sentenced on Thursday.

In June police found anti-Semitic messages had been posted on the internet ahead of an “anti-jewification” rally of neo-Nazi groups who were planning to march through the predominantly Jewish area of Golders Green in July.

The rally, that had been planned to progress through the streets populated by Jewish businesses and homes, was banned from the area by police and instead moved to a static demonstration in central London.

Police discovered that Bonehill-Pain had posted the material and arrested him at his home on Friday June 26 and brought to London where he was charged the next day.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes, who led the investigation for the Met’s Public Order Investigation Branch, said: "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.

"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 the courts to answer for this crime."

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