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Internet troll found guilty of harassing Labour MP

Luciana Berger Credit: PA Images

An internet troll, has been found guilty of the racially-aggravated harassment of Labour MP Luciana Berger in a string of anti-Jewish rants.

'Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, was accused of making five anti-Jewish posts about the Liverpool Wavertree MP after far-right extremist Garron Helm was jailed in October 2014.

Helm had admitted sending an offensive tweet featuring a picture of Ms Berger with a Holocaust-era Star of David on her head and the hashtag "Hitler was right".

Joshua Bonehill-Paine

Over the next four months, Bonehill-Paine wrote that she was an "evil money-grabber" and compared her with a rodent, the Old Bailey has heard.

Ms Berger told jurors she felt "sick" at the posts and "very much under attack" during that period.

The defendant, of Yeovil, Somerset, claimed his conduct fells within the boundaries of freedom of speech.


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Man who sent death threats to Luciana Berger facing second jail term

John Nimmo pictured in 2014 Credit: PA

An internet troll is facing jail for a second time after making anti-Semitic death threats to Wavertree MP Luciana Berger in which he told her she would "get it like Jo Cox".

John Nimmo, 28, from South Shields, sent two emails to Luciana Berger where he told her to "watch your back Jewish scum".

The second message to the 35-year-old, who is running to become Mayor of Liverpool, also included a picture of a large knife.

This came just three weeks after MP Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed following a constituency meeting.

Nimmo was previously jailed in 2014 for eight weeks for sending abusive messages on Twitter to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy.

His first message made reference to Joshua Bonehill-Paine, who had been charged with a racially or religiously aggravated hate crime against Ms Berger.

Sent at 7.54pm on July 6, it said: "Justice for Joshua Bonehill-Paine will be sweet, he has friends everywhere. Watch your back Jewish scum, regards your friend the Nazi."

He then followed it up two days later with "You will get it like Jo Cox did, you better watch your back Jewish scum" just as Ms Berger was leaving her office in the early evening.

South Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard a statement from the former shadow minister for mental health, in which she said it had caused her "great fear and anguish".

Luciana Berger Credit: PA

I was extremely concerned for my safety and I felt completely under threat. I had previously received anti-Semitic messages and threats but the reference to Jo Cox was terrifying.

The biggest concern was not knowing who this was, for all I knew the offender could have resided next door to me.

– Luciana Berger statement

He previously admitted two charges of sending malicious communications to Ms Berger and the case will next be heard at Newcastle Crown Court in August.

Nimmo was remanded in custody.

Man jailed for sending anti-semitic tweet to Liverpool MP

MP Luciana berger received abusive and anti-semitic tweet Credit: PA

An internet troll from near Liverpool accused of sending an anti-semitic message to MP Luciana Berger has been jailed.

Garron Helm, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, was handed a four-week custodial sentence at Merseyside Magistrates' Court for sending an offensive message, police confirmed.

Labour MP Ms Berger said she hoped the jail term would deter would-be trolls who use social media to post hateful or unkind messages.

This sentence sends a clear message that hate crime is not tolerated in our country.

I hope this case serves as an encouragement to others to report hate crime whenever it rears its ugly head.

– Luciana Berger, Labour MP
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