Arthur Topham tells judge it was his “duty to alert public … to “imminent threat of Jewish lobby”
ARTHUR TOPHAM arrives at the Quesnel courthouse Monday
for sentencing on his “hate crime” conviction. (Wil Fundal/CBC News)
A B.C. man convicted of an anti-semitic hate crime has been kicked off the internet, but Arthur Topham won’t serve any jail time. Following a trial in Quesnel in 2015, a jury convicted Topham of one count of communicating online statements that wilfully promoted hatred against Jewish people.
He could have faced up to two years in jail.
But at his sentencing Monday, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Bruce Butler rejected the Crown’s request for four months of house arrest for what Crown lawyer Jennifer Johnston called “an indirect call for violence against Jewish people.”
Instead, Butler sentenced Topham to a six-month conditional sentence with a ban on posting publicly online and a curfew.
Topham appeared unrepentant, telling the court before sentencing that it was “his duty to alert the public to the imminent threat of the Jewish lobby.”
Arthur Topham with his JEWISH wife Shastah —
found guilty of “hate speech” against JEWS.
MUZZLED AND S I L E N C E D!