Sunday, October 18, 2015

UK: Internet troll in court for saying disabled people should be exterminated is cleared because punishing him would breach his right to freedom of speech

An internet troll who called for disabled people to be exterminated has been cleared of being grossly offensive because a judge decided it was his human right.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 22, was in charged over two articles posted on far-right websites, including one promoting eugenics - the practice of killing people whose DNA is seen as inferior.

A court heard that he said babies with conditions like Downs Syndrome should be killed at birth for the good of the nation.

Bonehill-Paine, who calls himself a 'proud anti-Semite' said that the UK should adopt the practices of Sparta in ancient Greece, where physically imperfect babies were abandoned on a hillside.

He accompanied the story, on a site describing itself as 'Britain's number one nationalist newspaper' with a picture of a Tesco worker with Downs Syndrome.

He was also charged over another article in which he claimed food sold by Tesco contained the deadly Ebola virus.

The articles - posted on two separate websites - resulted in charges of misusing a public computer network to propagate grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing material.

But in a hearing at Stevenage Magistrates' Court this week, district judge Carolyn Mellanby dismissed both charges, saying that his right to free speech protects him from being punished over the stories.

She said: 'Freedom of speech has a very high threshold and I would have breached Article 10 of the Humans Rights Act if I had found you guilty.



Malcolm Smith said...

[H]e said babies with conditions like Downs Syndrome should be killed at birth.
Well, what's so extraordinary about that? Haven't the pro-abortionists been saying for years that babies with Downs Syndrome should be killed before birth?

Anonymous said...

While I get your point Malcolm I don't think that you are correct.
Some people support abortion for foetuses with Down Syndrome - some people just support the right of the mother to choose whether or not to abort.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between being killed "at birth" and "before birth", the latter obviously meaning a very early fetus or embryo. But the law decides how late a fetus can be before a legal aborton can be allowed, which is hopefully before any nervous tissue develops.

Bird of Paradise said...

What realy needs to dissapear are the eco-freaks the worshipers of Gaia and granola munchers/tree huggers