Extremist loses appeal against jail sentence


A right-wing extremist jailed for posting antisemitic comments has had his appeal against his sentence rejected.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, from Yeovil, Somerset, was imprisoned for three years and four months at Southwark Crown Court last December.

The former hospice worker was convicted of inciting racial hatred after posting antisemitic material online ahead of a far-right rally planned to take place in Golders Green, in north-west London, last year.

Bonehill-Paine had described the rally as an "anti-Jewification event" designed to "liberate Golders Green as part of the summer of hate". He challenged his sentence at London's Appeal Court this week. 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."

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