Four men fined over racial hate crimes

Jacob Marshall Hort (27) and three other men, aged in their 20s and 30s, faced a total of 28 charges of criminal damage for posting the stickers on property, including shopping centres, rubbish bins an ATM and car parking signs.

The WA police state security investigation group began an investigation into the group after a front-page report published in the Hills Gazette‘s sister paper Midland-Kalamunda Reporter in February of last year.

The report detailed the stickers, which showed a swastika and a man clad in a balaclava with his arm in a nazi salute, together with website details, an email address and contact mobile phone number, had been placed on a City of Swan carpark sign, on The Avenue, asking residents to ‘support your local skinheads’.

The group was charged in August and September after an extensive police investigation.

The court heard five men had placed stickers in Cannington, Maddington, Gosnells, Thornlie and Seville Grove.

Desmond Liddington (29), of Busselton, Jordan Richard Dyer (29), of Bunbury, and Toby Adam Middlecoat (39), of Carlisle, were also convicted, along with Hort.

A Westminster man (36) failed to appear in court and an arrest warrant has been issued.

Hort was also convicted of two charges of possessing steroids and a destruction order was issued.