Dagenham builder threatens to maim Asians with ‘machete’ in 999 Lee Rigby rant

Boreham will live under curfew until his sentence

Boreham will live under curfew until his sentence - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

A builder who threatened to maim Asian people with a machete in a series of 999 phone calls was hit with a nighttime curfew by a court pending his sentence.

Stephen Boreham, 33, a self-employed builder of Hedgemans Road, Dagenham, pleaded guilty to making indecent or offensive communications at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week.

His calls formed a racist rant about Asians, black people, beheadings and Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was murdered by two Islamists in Woolwich last year.

Boreham called the emergency services hotline at around 11.05pm last Tuesday while standing in Dagenham Heathway.

The court prosecutor quoted him as saying: “Watch what happens to these Asian motherf***ers.


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“I’ll use a machete like they did.”

The prosecutor said: “He was swearing, talking about Asians, [and] said he’s sick of society as it is.

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“He keeps talking about Lee Rigby and beheading.

“He said there’s a black person in front of him and he could happily cut his face off.”

He added: “The operator said he sounded drunk.”

Boreham kept hanging up and calling back, at one point saying “Tick tock, tick tock, bomb is ready to go,” and calling the operator a “silly little pr***” and a “f***ing silly sausage”.

The prosecutor continued: “He said he’s ready to fight, he’s waiting by Barclays bank on the Heathway.”

Boreham gave his name and location and officers met him on the Heathway, where they discovered he had no weapons.

The defence solicitor said: “I wouldn’t seek to understate what was said on the phone, but it was one call.

“There’s been a breakdown in his family.

“He’s not allowed to see his children.”

She said he understood why what he said was wrong, adding that he has a substance misuse problem.

District Judge Gary Lucie said: “I want you assessed for alcohol treatment as well as drugs.

“Because of the nature of the offence, and to prevent you doing it again, we’re imposing bail conditions.”

He ordered Boreham to live under a curfew from 10pm to 5am, adding: “You must not call 999 unless in the case of a genuine emergency.”

A probation report will be prepared ahead of Boreham’s sentence on October 19.

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