He claimed his views were ‘normal for the area’
This racist with an infatuation with the Far-Right peppered lamp posts and bus stops with Neo-Nazi stickers, including one with an emoji of Adolf Hitler.
On them were offensive slogans such as “Muslim scum out” and “Hitler was right”, one of which was found by a horrified headteacher outside a primary school.
Derby Crown Court heard how David Holmes also displayed a Ku Klux Klan figurine in his Heanor window.
He also put bottles of his “potent” homemade wine on neighbours’ doorsteps. On them were written more racist slogans, including “black lives don’t matter,” “save my race” and one celebrating Klaus Barbie, a Gestapo officer known as the Butcher of Lyon and who tortured and killed Jews during the Second World War.
Jailing the 63-year-old married Holmes for a year, Recorder Stuart Sprawson said: “You have deeply-held entrenched views about other people of different ethnicity to you.
“One of the people to complain was the headteacher of a primary school concerned about the impact this would have on the pupils and totally against the views being taught there.”
Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said the offensive stickers were placed around Ilkeston, Heanor, Mapperley, in Shipley Park and on the Nutbrook Trail during 2019.
He said police received a number of complaints about them.
Mr James-Moore said: “Some said ‘deport illegal immigrants’ and other showed an emoji of Adolf Hitler with a hand written note which read ‘Muslim scum out’ and ‘Hitler was right’.
“More of the Hitler stickers were found around Heanor and Langley Mill and were forensically analysed and linked to this defendant through a fingerprint.
“Another sticker was found on a bus stop and showed a white toddler with a shaved head and the number 88 on it which is a link to a far-right ideology linked to Hitler’s birthday and the letters HH for ‘Heil Hitler’.”
Mr James-Moore said Holmes was arrested at his home address in Ashforth Avenue, Marlpool, Heanor and a number of items were seized.
He said this included letters from a Far-Right movement the defendant is a member of congratulating him for “a nice job in Heanor” and to “keep up the good work”.
Mr James-Moore said: “In interview, the defendant was upfront and frank, telling police he had placed more stickers around Shipley Park and on the Nutbrook Trail.
“He said his views were the normal views of people living in the area and were not offensive.
“He said he had issues with extensive immigration and what he called the ‘dilution of Aryan blood’.”
Mr James-Moore said after being released on bail for that series of offences, Holmes’ next offence happened on December 14, 2019.
He said he placed a US Confederate flag in his window and a figurine of a Ku Klux Klan member wearing a conical hat which was reported to the police by neighbours.
Mr James-Moore said the final set of offences involved the bottles of wine with offensive and racist messages.
He said: “Finally, on July 19, the defendant went out into his garden and began arguing with a neighbour over a dispute he had about a shed they were erecting.
He told them he would burn it down and said he would send ‘200 skinheads to come and knock at your door as you’re a grass’ or words to that effect.”
Holmes, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to a number of charges including racially aggravated harassment, racially-aggravated criminal damage and witness intimidation.
Joe Harvey, mitigating, said: “I had a brief conference with Mr Holmes this morning during which he told me he knows what he did was hurtful and apologises for the appalling offences.
“He describes his behaviour as ‘evil’ and that’s not far off the mark.”
As well as the jail sentence Holmes was handed a two-year restraining order not to contact his neighbour and a two-year criminal behaviour order which says he is not allowed to place stickers on any items which would be visible to other people.