UK judge sentences teen for abhorrent post on Prince Harry

Elias Hubbard
Июня 19, 2019

A teenage neo-Nazi who called for Britain's Prince Harry a race traitor months after his marriage to US actress Meghan Markle and suggested the prince should be shot was jailed for more than four years on Tuesday.

University student Szewczuk created an image of Harry with a pistol to his head against a blood-spattered background.

"See ya later race traitor", said the post, which was shared in a far-right group on the social media platform Gab a few months after the prince married American Meghan, who is mixed-race, the court was told. The British neo-Nazis called for Prince Harry to be shot for being a "race traitor" following his marriage to actress Meghan Markle, a BBC investigation revealed past year.

When tracked down by police, Szewczuk was found to have numerous copies of terrorist material, including "The Al Qaeda Manual" and "How to Survive in the West - A Mujahid Guide" and the "White Resistance Manual".

A judge at the Old Bailey in London sentenced Szewczuk to just over four years in jail, while Dunn-Koczorowski was handed an 18-month Detention and Training Order, saying their online propaganda was abhorrent and criminal.

"Dunn-Koczorowski and Szewczuk clearly see themselves as superior to the majority of society and they feel their duty is to express their beliefs, in turn teaching others", Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, head of counter-terrorism policing in northeast England, said in a statement.

Referring to the image of Harry, the judge said: "The posts I have seen and read are abhorrent as well as criminal by reason of their clear intention to encourage terrorist acts".

The adolescent also managed a blog that attempted to condone the rape of women and children to create an Aryan race.

The defendants were both said to be of Polish descent, but had only known each other through online chatrooms.

One of the organisations, the Atomwaffen Division, was described as "a youth-driven, national socialist group at the extreme end of the revolutionary rightwing spectrum" and had been linked to five murders in the USA since 2017, the court heard.

Naomi Parsons, prosecuting, told the court how Szewczuk had 'responded to a query about whether Sonnenkrieg was an "esoteric National Socialist" group and he confirmed it was.' He shared images of Norwegian far-Right mass murderer Anders Breivik doing a Nazi salute, commenting: 'One Breivik is a terrorist, one thousand Breiviks is victory'.

Dunn-Koczorowski's lawyer David Kitson admitted his client had not changed during the trial.

The court heard he moved to the United Kingdom from Poland aged 10, living first in Northern Ireland and then moving to Leeds.

Dunn-Koczorowski, who was arrested at his west London home on the same day a year ago, admitted the charges against him in December.

They appeared in court via video-link from Belmarsh Prison and gave no reaction as they were sentenced.

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