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Sam Imrie had been “glorifying” murderers online – including terrorist Anders Brevik, who slaughtered 77 people in Norway in 2011

A white nationalist who idolised right-wing mass killers and hated Muslims has been jailed for a total of seven and a half years for terrorist offences.

Sam Imrie was today sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow for what a judge described as the “despicable spreading of hate”.

The 24 year-old had been arrested in July 2019 after he posted messages on social media saying he was planning to set fire to the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.

Police went to discover he had been “glorifying” murderers online – including terrorist Anders Brevik, who slaughtered 77 people in Norway in 2011.

Officers also seized a terrifying arsenal of weapons at his home in Glenrothes consisting of knives, a hammer, nunchucks, an axe and a rifle scope.

Imrie was convicted of two charges of breaching the terrorism act, wilful fire raising, possessing child and “extreme” pornography and drink-driving following a trial in Edinburgh in October.

Lord Mulholland today told him: “You posted on a neo-Nazi chatroom your hatred of Muslim, Jews, black people and refugees.

“You revered neo-Nazi and white supremacists. You lauded their crimes against innocent people.

“You were spreading hate and encouraging others to take terrorist action that you pretended you had.

“Your conduct was despicable. You have no understanding or self-awareness of the hatred that you tried to spread.

“Many Muslims died fighting for the alliance in World War Two for the freedoms that you enjoyed.

“I hope you take advantage of your time in custody to remove the hatred from your heart.”

Imrie showed no emotion as he was lead back to the cells other to wave to his mother in the public benches.

Jurors heard how Imrie was a loner and had developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after being assaulted when he was younger.

He became “steeped” in right-wing ideology and started to “hate” Muslims after looking at extremist content on websites such as 8Chan and messaging app Telegram.

Imrie posted online: “All my heroes are mass murderers.”

His Snapchat username was “N*****killer1488”.

As well as idolising Brevik, Imrie was also fascinated with Brenton Tarrant, who killed Muslims praying at a mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019.

Imrie was said to have wanted Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon “to die” because of her attitudes to immigration.

His arrest came after the Metropolitan Police in London infiltrated the “FashWave Artists” group on Telegram, on which Imrie posted messages, images, videos and gifs.

He had posted a series of messages claiming he was going to “burn down” a mosque and live stream it.

The Met contacted Police Scotland and Imrie was held in early July 2019.

The trial heard he went to the Islamic Centre in Glenrothes, but did not do anything.

Imrie instead went to dilapidated Strathmore Lodge, in Thornton, Fife, and set fire to a doorway.

He filmed it and claimed to the group it was a mosque or Islamic centre.

Jurors heard he ended up being “ridiculed” by the online audience.

Imrie had denied the crimes. It was claimed his comments were a joke and that he was not serious about torching a mosque.

But, he was convicted of a terrorism charge of making statements on Telegram and Facebook which encouraged acts of terrorism.

A second charge stated Imrie made a “record of information” which would be useful to somebody who was committing acts of terrorism.

He was acquitted of a terrorism charge which stated that he engaged in conduct in “preparation” of terrorism acts.

Police also confiscated a USB stick from Imrie. The images contained “extreme” pornographic images, which he was further convicted of.

Jim Keegan QC, defending, today said: “He wrote to his mother to apologise for his behaviour.

“He gave evidence during the trial..he accepts his behaviour was inappropriate, stupid, vile.”

Imrie was also put on the sex offenders list for 10 years.

He was further slapped with a five year serious crime prevention order designed to tackle and monitor criminals when they are freed.

Daily Record

Ben Raymond retweeted a post celebrating Jo Cox’s murder, the court heard

The co-founder of a neo-Nazi group has been found guilty of being a member of a banned terrorist organisation.

Ben Raymond, 32, from Swindon, was part of National Action, a group which wanted to wage a “white Jihad” and race war in Britain.

Raymond was also convicted of possessing a manifesto by the Norwegian terrorist Andrews Breivik and a guide to homemade detonators.

He was found not guilty of four counts of possessing other documents.

The graduate is the 17th person to be convicted of membership of the white supremacist group after a jury convicted him on Tuesday.

Raymond helped create the organisation in 2013 and coined the term “white jihad”, Bristol Crown Court previously heard.

He produced much of its propaganda and was likened to the Third Reich’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

It was later proscribed after its social media channels glorified the murder of the MP Jo Cox by white supremacist terrorist Thomas Mair in 2016.

Ben Raymond when he appeared in court in April

After the ban he remained involved in the group – joining group chats, designing propaganda and continuing to associate with other leading figures.

His trial at Bristol Crown Court heard how he told an associate he would “take it as a badge of honour” if National Action was declared illegal.

Hammer and machete

Following the ban, the group’s former spokesman Jack Renshaw – an associate of Raymond – was jailed for a terrorist plot to murder his local MP Rosie Cooper in Lancashire.

Raymond had also been been in contact with Zack Davies, who in 2015 attempted to murder a Sikh man in Mold, Flintshire, using a hammer and machete.

He was later given a life sentence.

In 2018 the BBC tracked Raymond down to a Swansea bedsit and challenged him on his role in the group.

Raymond was an associate of convicted neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw

In April he was charged with remaining a member of National Action between December 2016 and September 2017, as well as several counts of possessing terrorist information, including bomb-making guides.

Following the verdict Raymond was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the same court on Friday.

BBC News

Warrant issued for James White’s arrest after he fails to attend trial over protest at Coventry Hill Hotel

A Britain First activist has been convicted of assaulting a security guard at a hotel housing asylum seekers.

James White, 31, forced open a door at the Coventry Hill Hotel as members of the far-right group tried to access an area where refugees were staying.

The incident, on 29 August 2020, came during one of numerous protests by Britain First at hotels being used by the government to house asylum seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Activists frequently video themselves entering hotels without permission, then film staff and anyone they deem to be a “migrant”.

White was found guilty of assault in his absence on Monday, after failing to attend his trial at Coventry Magistrates’ Court.

Janis Cauthery, chair of the bench, said: “We think this incident must have been very frightening for [victim] Mike Todd and the rest of the staff and residents.

“Mr Todd was extremely brave in trying to stop the group entering an area where only residents were allowed. In doing this he sustained an injury.”

White denied assault but magistrates found that Mr Todd’s evidence was corroborated by CCTV and other witnesses.

Giving evidence, Mr Todd told magistrates he suffered a graze to his left wrist, while trying to hold a set of double doors closed.

“I wasn’t aggressive, I was saying to these people to leave,” he said. “These people have acted aggressively to me, getting more aggressive to me and to all of the residents, who are refugees.”

CCTV played in court showed that as Mr Todd held the handles, White “yanks the doors open aggressively”, said prosecutor Harminder Hayre.

A warrant was issued for White’s arrest following his conviction, after he had previously been released on conditional bail. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard that White, of Southam in Warwickshire, was one of two men initially arrested but the only one charged over the incident.

Footage of the altercation was not included in a video Britain First sent out on its social media channels claiming to have “exposed” the Coventry Hill Hotel.

It showed a group of activists, including leader Paul Golding, entering the hotel and looking for asylum seekers.

Young men were filmed as Mr Golding could be heard asking if they were asylum seekers, and what country they were from.

When challenged after entering a room containing food packages, the Britain First leader did not identify himself and claimed: “We’re just reporting, investigating this hotel. We’re wondering why this hotel is full of migrants.”

The Britain First video claimed that police stopped a minibus transporting activists from the hotel, and arrested White and another man “for no reason”.

Golding, who has previously been convicted under the Terrorism Act and for religiously-aggravated harassment, later interviewed White.

In a video published online by Britain First in September 2020, the leader claimed White “did nothing wrong”, adding: “You was in there in your capacity as a member of BFD, our security department, and your job that day was to protect me and they’ve concocted this nonsense.”

Golding said that by the time of the interview, he had visited at least 20 other hotels, and vowed that the campaign would continue.

White said he would be pleading not guilty and claimed his charge was part of efforts to give Britain First a “bad name”.

“They don’t want the general public to see what’s going on inside hotels in everyone’s area,” he added. “Britain First is exposing these and the government and our country doesn’t want that to happen.”

Police have been called to several similar incidents and the Home Office offered hotels housing asylum seekers security assistance because of actions by Britain First last year.

Hotels have been widely used as emergency asylum accommodation since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, because there was not enough capacity in official facilities to cope with social distancing and an extension of government housing support.

In September, Britain First was allowed to re-register as a political party by the Electoral Commission.

The watchdog said an official application “met the legal criteria”, and it has vowed to field candidates in upcoming elections.
The Independent

Alexander Gray from Torquay has been jailed for stirring up racial hatred. (Image: Devon & Cornwall Police)

A neo-Nazi extremist has been jailed for attacking two brothers because one of them had a black girlfriend.

Alexander Gray threatened to dislocate one man’s jaw and rape his girlfriend after targeting them in a shop in Chudleigh, Devon.

He launched an unprovoked attack on the man and his brother, who had come to escort him home because of the threats.

Gray is already serving a two-year sentence for spreading racial hatred.

He set-up an extremist social media channel and was prosecuted after officers from the South West counter terrorism team identified him as the creator of the channel.

The attacks in Chudleigh took place in February, two months before he launched his channel and at a time when he was working as a barber in the town.

Gray, 29, of Fore Street, Chudleigh, admitted two counts of battery and racially aggravated intentional threatening behaviour.

He has been jailed for six months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court and will serve the sentence after the two years he received in August.

He was described in that case as “the epitome of a racist thug” by the judge after he watched videos in which Gray tried to spark a race war and gave Nazi salutes in the centre of Torquay.

The judge told him: “You were jailed previously for offences with an element of racism and a few months earlier, in the quiet market town of Chudleigh, you showed the same racism in the threats you made.

“You uttered dreadful and dire threats and it is quite clear there was a racial element based on what you perceived his girlfriend to be.”

Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said one of the victims was in a shop in Chudleigh with his girlfriend on 11 February when Gray approached him.

He hit them both in the face and kicked one in the chest after he fell to the ground.

He told police he was acting in self defence but the incident was caught on CCTV and showed he was the aggressor.

BBC News

Alexander Gray set up his own far-right online television channel to air his highly derogatory views

Alexander Gray from Torquay has been jailed for stirring up racial hatred. (Image: Devon & Cornwall Police)

A notorious neo-Nazi extremist has admitted carrying out a racist attack in the centre of Torquay.

Alexander Gray used racially offensive language during the incident in which he attacked two men in February of this year.

The attacks happened shortly after he set up a far-right television channel on the Telegram app called ‘Whiteness in the West Country’, which featured his rants against black people, Muslims, and gays. He has since been banned from starting another channel.

He gave Heil Hitler salutes in his videos and shouted “white power” and the end of some of them. His channel attracted 238 subscribers.

Gray, aged 29, of Fore Street, Chudleigh, was jailed for two years at Exeter Crown Court in August for inciting racial hatred and is currently serving his sentence at Exeter Prison.

He appeared at the same court by video link and pleaded guilty to intending to cause harassment and distress through racially aggravated threatening or insulting words or behaviour.

He also admitted two counts of assault by battery against Samuel and Lewis Keeling. All the offences happened in Torquay on February 11 this year.

Judge Peter Johnson adjourned sentence on the new offences until November 5 and ordered that Gray be brought to court for that hearing.

Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said he had not had the opportunity to meet Gray but would be able to do so in the cells before the sentencing hearing.

The only possible sentences are another jail term or a discharge because Gray is already serving his sentence for the incitement offences.

Gray was described by a judge in the earlier case as ‘the epitome of a racist thug’ after being told that in addition to his videos, he had been seen giving Nazi salutes and shouting abuse.

He was prosecuted after officers from the South West counter terrorism team traced him to a hostel in Torquay where he was living.

His videos were three to six minute long and recorded on his phone. He repeatedly used racial slurs, glorified Hitler and claimed society was being taken over by blacks, feminists and lesbians.

He urged white people to ‘wake up’ and ‘stand up’ and ended his rants with a Nazi salute or shouts of ‘Heil Victory’ and ‘white power’.

In one video, he spoke about Torbay being one of the only places in Britain where you can see white women with white children and said he hated racial mixing and thought women with black boyfriends were ‘scummy whores’.

He told his followers that if they did not act, they would be ‘digging their children’s graves, saying ‘don’t forget, these people are savages’.
Devon Live

Sam Imrie, 24, posted messages on social media claiming he was planning to attack Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes

A man has been found guilty of terrorism and other offences after he threatened to set fire to an Islamic centre in Fife.

Sam Imrie, 24, was arrested after detectives discovered in July 2019 that he had been posting messages on social media claiming he was planning to attack Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.

Police who searched his home at Colliston Avenue in Glenrothes also made a number of other discoveries.

Officers found Imrie had acquired an arsenal of weapons which included a combat knife, nunchucks, an axe, a knife, a hammer, a rife scope and a wooden-handled lock knife.

Prosecutor Lisa Gillespie QC told the court how the police also recovered a “manifesto” entitled the “Great Replacement” by far right terrorist Tarrant, who murdered 51 people in his March 2019 attacks.

They also recovered a manifesto written by Anders Breivik, another fascist who slaughtered 77 people in attacks in Norway in 2011.

Detectives found computer equipment containing thousands of images glorifying far right terrorism attacks and Nazi ideology.

Some of the images referred to Tarrant and Breivik as “saints” and one image was of pop star Taylor Swift which had been photoshopped – the lenses of sunglasses which she was wearing had been doctored to included swastikas.

They found he possessed copies of Adolf Hitler’s work Mein Kampf, indecent images of children and extreme images that showed dead mutilated women being subjected to sexual acts.

Imrie also possessed copies of the video which Tarrant had made of himself carrying out the shootings.

The 24-year-old was caught after officers in the Metropolitan Police tipped off Police Scotland counterparts.

English officers had been scrutinising a group called ‘FashWave Artists’ on Telegram, an instant messaging app.

The group hosted images and memes glorifying fascism but Imrie posted a series of messages in which he said he was planning to “burn down” a mosque.

He also said he had written to Breivik.

Detectives found CCTV footage of Imrie trying the door at the mosque before driving away.

A jury heard how armed police officers swooped on Imrie’s home at 2am and took him into custody.

On Wednesday, Imrie, who denied any wrongdoing, was convicted on two charges of breaching the terrorism act, wilful fire raising, possessing child and ‘extreme’ indecent images and drink driving.

Moments after Ms Gillespie said the Crown were considering seeking a Serious Crime Prevention Order against Imrie, Lord Mulholland remanded the first offender in custody.

Imrie was told that the judge needed a background report before he could be sentenced.

Lord Mulholland also warned Imrie: “Be under no illusion – you have been convicted of very serious offences including gathering information about terrorism and encouraging terrorism, child pornography and extreme pornography.

“You will not be surprised to know that you will be receiving a sentence of some length.”

Lord Mulholland spoke moments after jurors returned guilty verdicts to two terrorism charges.

The first terrorism charge stated that Imrie made statements on Telegram and Facebook which encouraged acts of terrorism.

The second charge to which he was convicted of stated that Imrie made a “record of information” which would be useful to somebody who was committing acts of terrorism.

He was acquitted of a terrorism charge which stated that he engaged in conduct in “preparation” of terrorism acts.

Following his conviction, Pat Campbell, Police Scotland’s assistant chief constable for organised crime, counter terrorism and intelligence, said: “Sam Imrie was a socially-isolated-individual who displayed hateful intentions and the potential consequences of his actions do not bear thinking about. Police Scotland welcomes the outcome of the trial, which brings to a close what was an extremely complex investigation.

“I am grateful for the hard work and diligence of the officers who carried out the fast moving inquiry as well as the support of our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

“It should be stressed that cases such as Imrie’s are rare in Scotland and our officers remain absolutely committed to working with our partners to protect our communities.

“I want to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the public that if you become aware of anyone, including a family member or friend, displaying extremist views, or are concerned that they could be radicalised or involved in extremist or terrorist activity, not to hesitate to contact the police.

“Advice is available at the ACT Early Counter Terrorism Policing website and anyone with concerns should contact Police Scotland or the confidential anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.”

A SEX fiend raped two women while working at Scotland’s crisis-hit superhospital.

Keir Wotherspoon, 24, brutally assaulted one victim three times in 24 hours, including throttling her with a belt and biting her head.

The support worker at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital attacked a second woman while on bail.

He was convicted last month at the High Court in Airdrie.

A QEUH staffer said: “He’s a complete beast. It’s horrible to think he was on these wards and in close contact with vulnerable female patients.”

The court heard Wotherspoon pounced on his first victim at the Kelvingrove Hotel in Glasgow’s west end over two days in June 2019.

The brute seized her by the hair, bound her wrists and choked her with a belt.

The second woman was targeted at the city’s Strathclyde Uni last August.

Wotherspoon, of Airdrie, denied the charges but a jury found him guilty of four rapes, including one to the danger of the victim’s life.

Detective Inspector Lauren McDonald, who led the probe, said: “Keir Wotherspoon is a dangerous individual and his actions will no doubt have lasting effects.”

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the fiend was sacked in July.

He will be sentenced later this month.

Scottish Sun

Further info on Wotherspoon can be found here

Piers Portman, 50, is the son of Edward, 9th Viscount Portman of Bryanston
Portman abused Campaign Against Antisemitism CEO Gideon Falter
Mr Walter was called ‘Jewish scum’ outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Portman was ordered to pay £10,000 in compensation and £10,000 in costs

A millionaire heir to the Portman property empire who racially abused an anti-Semitism campaigner outside a court has been jailed for four months.

Piers Portman, 50, who is the son of Edward, 9th Viscount Portman of Bryanston, called Campaign Against Antisemitism CEO Gideon Falter ‘Jewish scum’ at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 14, 2018.

He also described his own Jewish ex-wife as a ‘greedy, grasping, thieving and lying criminal manipulator of the system.’

The Harrow-educated aristocrat’s family owns the Portman Estate, which covers 110 acres of Marylebone in West London, including the land under Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Falter was leaving the building after a court hearing for anti semite Alison Chabloz-Tyrer when he was abused by Portman.

Passing sentence on Portman, Judge Gregory Perrins said that crowd including men in Nazi replica uniforms at the Chabloz-Tyrer sentencing hearing was a ‘who’s who of Nazi deniers and extremists’.

‘You have shown no insight at the impact of your offending and no remorse and continue to see yourself as the victim,’ the judge told Portman.

‘At the trial you told the jury you were an honourable British man.

‘You are, I am afraid, anything but.’

Judge Perrins also ordered Portman to pay £10,000 in court costs and a further £10,000 in compensation to Mr Falter.

‘You are an extremely wealthy man, in the circumstances I do not see why you shouldn’t pay for your trial,’ added the judge.

‘It would be ultimately a matter for Mr Falter, however I agree it would be appropriate to donate that to the Campaign Against Antisemitism.’

Shaved-headed Portman in black trousers and a navy water-proof jacket stood with his mouth agape as he heard he would be taken to jail while his mother supported him from the public gallery.

Lewis Power, QC, defending, told the court that his client, of a ‘proud heritage’ and a good family now had a ‘permanent stain’ on his reputation.

‘The stain of prejudice, as your Honour knows, is often indelible,’ said Mr Power.

The barrister called Portman a ‘now broken man’ who knew he needed to be punished but merely asked for clemency.

‘At the time of the incident, Mr Portman had undergone and suffered a traumatic divorce which may have impactive his perspective him life,’ said Mr Power.

‘Since that date Mr Portman has become ostracized from his family.

Speaking after the case, Mr Falter said: ‘I am extremely reassured by this sentence, which sends a very clear message to antisemites that even the wealthiest and most privileged cannot escape British justice.

‘I have been awarded £10,000 in compensation which I am donating to Campaign Against Antisemitism to help us ensure that anti-Jewish racists like Mr Portman face the consequences of their actions.’

Daily Mail

A man who expressed hatred of ethnic minorities online and wrote “terrorism is the only way out” has had his jail term increased.

Michael Nugent, 38, used different identities to share extremist material in chat groups online.

He posted videos celebrating the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand in March 2019, which he described as a “game-changer”.

Three appeal judges on Friday increased his 42-month jail term to five years.

‘Obvious gravity’

It followed a challenge by the Attorney General, whose lawyers argued that Nugent’s original sentence, imposed by Judge Peter Lodder QC in June, should be stiffer.

In a written ruling, Lord Justice Edis said Judge Lodder had not given sufficient weight to an increase in the maximum penalty for Nugent’s offences.

He also said the original sentence had not reflected the “obvious gravity” of online radicalisation.

Nugent, of Parkland Grove, Ashford, Surrey, unwittingly sent copies of manuals for the creation of bombs and other firearms to undercover police officers, Kingston Crown Court previously heard.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of dissemination of terrorist publications and 11 counts of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism at a hearing in May.

‘Game changer’

In parts of Nugent’s diary, he said ethnic minorities should be “sent home” and “sterilised”.

“We are being genocided in our own homes,” read one extract.

“Terrorism is the only way out of it.”

One of his groups on the messaging service Telegram had about 200,000 members.

Nugent owned a copy of the manifesto written by Brenton Tarrant, who carried out the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand in 2020 in which 51 worshippers were killed.

Writing on Telegram, Nugent said: “I understand why Tarrant did what he did.

“What he did was a game changer.”

BBC News

Matthew Cronjager shared his plans with an undercover police officer who had infiltrated a Telegram group called The British Hand.

A teenage neo-Nazi who plotted to shoot an Asian friend because he slept with “white chicks” has been locked up for more than 11 years.

Matthew Cronjager, 18, tried to get hold of a 3D printed gun or a sawn-off shotgun to kill his target, who he likened to a “cockroach”.

He set himself up as the “boss” of a right-wing terror cell and created an online library to share right-wing propaganda and explosives-making manuals.

Cronjager’s plans were scuppered by an undercover police officer who had infiltrated a Telegram group called The British Hand.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Cronjager was found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications on Telegram.

He had admitted four charges of possessing terror documents on the first day of his trial.

On Tuesday, the defendant, of Ingatestone in Essex, was sentenced to a total of 11 years and four months in youth detention.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC told him: “In giving evidence in the trial it was obvious that you are a bright and intelligent young man.

“In a way that makes the content of some of the messages you sent all the more troubling.

“In my view you are someone who played a leading role in terrorist activity where the preparations were not far advanced.”

The judge noted character references he had received from Cronjager’s parents and others who had known him for many years.

But he added: “Some of the letters state that you pose no threat and where there is no victim.

“I should simply say that those are matters that are at odds with the evidence in the messaging in this case and with the victim impact statement.”

Cronjager’s victim had said in his statement that he felt “sad, hurt and betrayed”.

He said: “When I first got told the news by the CT police I just brushed it off that Matt must have been joking about.

“The next day when the police came back to see me and said that there had not been a mistake and Matt had said those things, and to be honest at that moment of realisation it broke my heart.

“The strange thing was it wasn’t just the fact that Matt was plotting to kill me that hurt initially, it was the fact that we had been having serious conversations about our future, and we had been exchanging Christmas greetings, meanwhile in the background he was planning to make that my last Christmas, that really hurt.”

The victim was left “simmering with anger” towards Cronjager and “on the brink of self harm”, the court was told.

In mitigation, lawyer Tim Forte said Cronjager “bitterly regrets” the harm he caused and offered an apology.

Mr Forte argued that “young” and “immature” Cronjager could yet be integrated into society.

The court had previously heard how the defendant wanted a “revolution” based on his fascist beliefs, including hatred of non-white people, Jews, Muslims and those with a different sexual orientation to his.

He had offered to lead the UK division of an extreme right-wing group calling itself Exiled 393, telling members that his time as an army cadet had given him the necessary skills.

In November last year, Cronjager suggested setting up a collective PayPal account to buy weapons and other items for the group.

In one message, he wrote: “I was thinking more of having it to buy things like big tents or a 3D printer maybe for creating bits of ‘art’,” said to be code for guns.

The court was told that he said he wanted to arm the group, but give them a few months before launching an attack to “get over the stress of being illegal and being unable to go back from that point”.

In further messages to the undercover officer on December 13, he and Cronjager discussed arranging a drop-off location for 3D printed guns, the court heard, and of the supplier needing more money to pay for materials.

On the same day, Cronjager formulated his plot to kill his former friend after he boasted to him of sleeping with three white women.

The defendant told the undercover officer: “I’ve found someone I want to execute.

“I know it’s an overall target and he’s a sand n***** that f***** a white girl.

“In fact I think three of them.

“I figure we could just ‘find’ a double barrel shotgun and saw it down for things like this.”

Cronjager then added: “They’re like cockroaches”, the court heard.

When asked if his former friend had raped the girls, he allegedly replied: “Nope, but it’s a violation of nature.

“We’re not supposed to mix race … it’s not rape by legal definition but it’s kind of like rape if that makes sense.

“Violation at least.”

On his arrest at his Essex home on December 29 last year, police seized a large amount of material demonstrating his commitment to an “extreme right-wing cause”, jurors heard.

He attempted to explain his behaviour by claiming to police he was a member of anti-fascist organisation Antifa, that had infiltrated various right-wing groups to disrupt and undermine them.

But giving evidence, he accepted he had held extreme far-right views, saying he now felt “ashamed and disgusted” by them.

The defendant, whose hobbies included computer gaming, karate, football and cricket, described his teenage years as lonely, isolated, quite depressed and anxious, with his negative feelings starting around the age of 16.

Mr Forte said that Cronjager had created for himself a “superhero fantasy” like a Call Of Duty avatar, but it was all “make believe”.

The jury was told that the defendant was on the autism disorder spectrum, with a mild level of severity, and had a high IQ.

Shropshire Star