Britain’s youngest ever founded guilty terrorist, who led a neo-Nazi cell from his grandma’s house, has been sentenced to a two-year non-custodial rehab order.
The boy, now 16, from south-east Cornwall, was just 13 when he first downloaded bomb-making instructions. At 14 he had actually collected a stash of fear product and shared reactionary ideology consisting of racist, homophobic and antisemitic views in online chat rooms.
By the time his home was raided by police in July 2019, he had become the British cell leader of the Feuerkrieg Department, a neo-Nazi group that encouraged members to dedicate Anders Breivik-style horror attacks and was responsible for vetting and enlisting new members.
One of his five UK recruits was Paul Dunleavy, 17, who was jailed last November for 5 and a half years for getting ready for acts of neo-Nazi terrorism, and with whom he had actually gone over getting firearms. Another recruit, the court heard, was an undercover policeman.
Cops raided the teenager’s house, which he shared with his grandmother, on the basis of details that he had been building a weapon. No weapon was found, but his phone and laptop computer were seized and during the search officers discovered a Nazi flag and a copy of a neo-Nazi text. A Nazi slogan had been painted on the garden shed.
The boy, who can not be identified for legal factors, pleaded guilty to 12 offences– 2 of dissemination of terrorist files and 10 of possession of terrorist product– and was handed the 24-month youth rehabilitation order by Judge Mark Dennis QC at the Old Bailey. He was sentenced by video link from Bodmin magistrates court, where he was supported by his grandmother, who held his hand.
Dennis informed him he had “got in an online world of wicked bias” and any reoffending would result in a “spiral of ever extending terms of imprisonment” to secure the general public. However, taking into consideration the kid’s guilty plea and expressions of regret, he dismissed custody, saying it would undo the rehab work that was already under method.
He said: “You got in an online world of wicked prejudice and violent bigotry which has no place in a civilised society. You are now 16, beginning 17, years of age and any naivety or immaturity that might have played its part can no longer be put forward as an excuse.
” Any resurfacing of such prejudice or bigotry or engagement in such extremist activity will undoubtedly lead you in one direction, which remains in a spiral of ever lengthening regards to incarceration in order to secure the general public from such conduct. You now have the chance to put this behind you and to reroute your future.”
Naomi Parsons, prosecuting, said the defendant’s young age was “alarming” and his conduct “betrays a maturity beyond his sequential age”.
In mitigation, Deni Matthews stated the youth was “harmed” and had actually “looked for approval by revealing views he certainly does not credit now and was unlikely to have actually ascribed to really at the time”.