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Quesnel Man Sentenced For Hate Crime

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70-year old Arthur Topham received a 6 month conditional sentence and two years probation.

Justice Butler, in imposing the sentence, noted that the promotion of hatred was not permitted in this society and that Topham showed a lack of remorse.

Prior to sentencing, Topham told the court that he felt it was his civic duty to inform Canadians of his political views and he also thanked the court for allowing him to express them through this process.

Also as part of his sentence, Topham must remove his Radical Press website from the internet and is also not permitted to publish or post on-line where the public has access to it.

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The crown was seeking a 1 year year conditional sentence while the Defense was arguing for an absolute discharge because Topham was found guilty of one count and not guilty of another with the same material.

A jury found Topham guilty back in November on one of two counts of promoting hatred against an identifiable group, in this case those of the Jewish faith.

Sentencing was delayed until a charter appeal was heard in B.C. Supreme Court.

Topham lost that appeal last month.

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