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Neo-Nazi group leader, 16, becomes one of UK’s youngest convicted terrorists

Written by on 01/02/2021

A teenage neo-Nazi group leader from Cornwall has become one of Britain’s youngest convicted terrorists.

The 16-year-old youth appeared before the Old Bailey on Monday remotely from Plymouth to be sentenced.

He admitted 12 offences – two of dissemination of terrorist documents and 10 of possession of terrorist materials.

The boy was aged just 13 when he began gathering terrorist material and went on to share far-right extremist ideology in online chatrooms at the age of 14, before becoming the leader of a neo-Nazi cell.

The court heard that the youth collected a significant amount of far-right material and manuals between October 2018 and October 2019, and was also active on online platforms, expressing racist, homophobic and antisemitic views.

He talked about “gassing” Jewish people, hanging gay people and wanting to “shoot up their parades”, the court heard.

The court also heard how he came to be the British cell leader of the FKD – Feuerkrieg Division – a neo-Nazi group that idolises the likes of Norweigan far-right terrorist Anders Breivik.

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The defendant was said to have liaised with FKD’s 13-year-old “commander” in Estonia and was responsible for vetting and recruiting members and propaganda.

Among his five recruits was teenager Paul Dunleavy, who was convicted of terrorism offences relating to his activities as a member of FKD in 2019 and with whom he discussed the acquisition of firearms, the court was told.

Paul Dunleavy, 17, was sentenced to more than five years in detention. Pic: West Midlands Police
Image: Paul Dunleavy was sentenced to more than five years in detention. Pic: West Midlands Police

The defendant also allegedly commissioned a “Nuke London” poster which depicted an image of an atom bomb cloud explosion over the Houses of Parliament with the slogan “sterilise the cesspit that you call London”.

His home was raided by police in July 2019 as a result of information which suggested that he had been trying to construct a weapon.

No weapons were found but officers seized his mobile phone and computer.

Officers also discovered a Nazi flag and a copy of a neo-Nazi text depicting post-apocalyptic sadistic violence.

The number “1488” – a well-known Nazi symbol – was also painted on to the garden shed.

In a police interview, the youth denied possessing any racist, homophobic or antisemitic views, and claimed his comments and posts were just “to look cool”.

He also said he had been considering leaving FKD for about a month.

Prosecutor Naomi Parsons said: “The Crown do not accept he was planning to leave the group.

“The age is the alarming factor and his conduct betrays a maturity beyond his chronological age.”

Deni Matthews, for the defence, told the court of the youth’s troubled upbringing and how he did not have a positive parental role model in his life.

The lawyer said: “A damaged young man sought approval by expressing views he certainly does not ascribe to now and was unlikely to have ascribed to genuinely at the time.”

Judge Mark Dennis QC indicated that he would sentence the youth next Monday.

 Sky News

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