I felt sick when I saw anti-Semitic blogs, Luciana Berger tells court


A Labour MP has told jurors she "felt sick" when she saw a string of hate-filled anti-Semitic blogs which cast her as a "rat" and "evil money grabber".

Over four months, Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, 35, was allegedly harassed by Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23.

Bonehill-Paine allegedly posted five "hateful and insulting" articles about the woman he blamed for the jailing of a far-right extremist he regarded as a comrade, the Old Bailey heard.

Labour MP Luciana Berger
Luciana Berger arriving at the Old Bailey (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Garron Helm was sentenced to four weeks in prison after pleading guilty to sending a malicious communication by tweeting a picture of Berger with a Star of David superimposed on her forehead accompanied by the words "#Hitler was right".

Prosecutor Philip Stott told jurors that Bonehill-Paine regarded the sentence as "wrongful" and set about targeting Berger afresh, posting five articles between October 2014 and January 2015.

In his first posting, he used a picture of Berger's face and superimposed it on to a rat, the court was told.

Luciana Berger
Berger told jurors she 'felt sick' when she saw a string of hate-filled anti-Semitic blogs featuring her (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Berger said she found the cliched image associating a member of the Jewish faith with a rodent as "troubling" and she was "incredibly concerned".

She told jurors: "I felt sick really."

She said: "It's attacking me for my faith or religion and not something I have said or done for my constituents."

Bonehill-Paine, of Yeovil, Somerset, denies racially aggravated harassment of Berger between October 26 2014 and January 25 2015.