Cornwall radio host and singer Graham Hart jailed for spouting anti-Semitic hatred
Graham Hart told his listeners he could see why Hitler wanted to kill Jews
An anti-Semitic Cornish radio host has been jailed for spreading sickening hate on the airwaves, saying Hitler killed Jews because they’re filth and encouraging others to take up arms to drive the religion out of the country.
Graham Hart, 69, a former Cornish singer and musician, asked listeners to send him a gun so he could lead the fight.
Hart, of Penponds near Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to eight counts of inciting racial hatred.
Hart’s home was searched on two occasions when officers found piles of anti-Semitic material.
When questioned by police Hart was abusive and insulting.
Examples of Hart’s radio ramblings included him saying Jews were “filth”, “like rats” and that they needed to be “wiped out”.
Hart said that although baby rats look cute, they grow to be adult rats and that in a similar way, young Jews should also be killed.
The deranged defendant also spread various conspiracy theories about Jews being paedophiles, rapists, corrupt and other less desirable members of society.
In one passage he said: “If you’re listening Mr Jew we’re coming to get you. Let’s get rid of the Jews, it’s time for them to go. After Christmas I’m going to work, going on the attack because I’ve had enough. I don’t want bloodshed but if that’s what it takes to get it done.”
Hart also said: “Why did Hitler want to gas them? Why did Hitler hate the Jews? Why have they been kicked out of 79 countries 199 times? Because they’re filth, that’s why.”
In a victim impact statement, a spokesman for The Campaign Against Antisemitism said Jewish people are currently victims of record levels of hate crimes in this country.
He added Hart’s campaign of hatred was the worst he’d seen since joining the group and that broadcasting it on the internet is keeping alive hatred born in the beer halls of 1930s Germany.
Hart’s potential to radicalise and convert others was said to be significant and the spokesman claimed that such hatred being spread can lead to others carrying out fatal lone wolf shootings.
Representing Hart, Mary McCarthy said: “He has no desire to resume this activity and has completely disassociated himself from the people involved.
“Otherwise he is a community minded individual with many attributes and talents. At the beginning he was reading things on the internet that shouldn’t have been there and he believed them.
“He got drawn deeper and deeper and this changed his personality, his family was concerned for him as he became angry and obsessed.
“Twelve days in HMP Exeter (on remand) has completely brought him to his senses. He has lost his anger and entrenched beliefs. All he wants is a quiet life with his family and has expressed his remorse.”
Sentencing Hart, Judge Robert Linford said: “Over the best part of four years you set out to whip up feelings of hatred towards people of the Jewish faith.
“You abused, vilified, insulted and threatened Jewish people.”
Judge Linford then ran through examples of some of the disgusting things Hart said on the airwaves.
Judge Linford said despite Hart’s mitigation, the offences were too serious for anything other than custody.
Hart was jailed for 32 months and made subject of a criminal behaviour order preventing him from hosting or contributing on any radio station.
Detective Inspector Daniel Massey said: “The sentencing of Graham Hart brings an end to a lengthy and difficult investigation.
“Hart’s anti-Semitic views are completely unacceptable in every way and have caused considerable distress to the Jewish community and many other people over the years.
“His behaviour towards the Officer in the Case was also an issue at times and shows Hart’s complete disregard for anyone who dares to challenge his views or actions, however, I am grateful for the hard work, dedication and professionalism that brought about this conviction.
“I am also grateful to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism [CAA], which initiated this investigation and has remained positively engaged throughout a protracted enquiry.
“Additionally, I would like to thank the CPS for its support and guidance in prosecuting this challenging case.
“This sends a strong message to Graham Hart, and those who share these types of views, that anti-Semitic behaviour and all hate crime will be dealt with robustly.”