UK Schoolboy was FKD cell leader for online network of violent neo-Nazis

A schoolboy from Cornwall who was 13 when he began sharing neo-Nazi propaganda online has become one of Britain’s youngest terrorists.

Counterterrorism police traced a chatroom account to the boy’s home after he called for the gassing of Jewish people and the hanging of gay people and discussed obtaining guns to shoot up a parade. A raid at the house in July 2019 uncovered a Nazi flag and a copy of a neo-Nazi text depicting post-apocalyptic sadistic violence.

The boy, who is now 16 but cannot be named for legal reasons, became the latest in a series of teenagers convicted of offences relating to racist neo-Nazi plots and materials.

He appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday for sentencing after admitting 12 offences relating to the possession and dissemination of terrorist documents and material. The boy, who is on bail, attended remotely from Plymouth. The court heard that between October 2018 and July 2019, he had collected a significant amount of far-right material and manuals and was active on online platforms, expressing racist, homophobic and antisemitic views.

In the summer of 2019, he became the British cell leader of FKD — Feuerkrieg Division — a neo-Nazi group that idolises the likes of Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in gun and bomb attacks in Norway in 2011. The court heard that the banned network favoured actions over words and encouraged “lone wolf” attacks.

The defendant liaised with FKD’s commander in Estonia, who was also a 13-year-old boy, and was responsible for vetting and recruiting members and propaganda, it was claimed. One of his five recruits was Paul Dunleavy, a teenager who was convicted of terrorism offences relating to his activities as a member of FKD in 2019.

The defendant also allegedly commissioned a Nuke London poster that bore an image of an atom bomb explosion over the Houses of Parliament with the slogan Sterilise the cesspit that you call London.

Police raided the defendant’s home as a result of information that suggested that he had been trying to construct a weapon. No weapons were found but his phone and computer were seized. The number 1488 — a known Nazi symbol — was painted on his shed.

In a police interview, the defendant denied having racist, homophobic or antisemitic views, and said his comments and posts were intended to look cool. He claimed that he had been considering leaving FKD for about a month.

Naomi Parsons, for the prosecution, said: The Crown do not accept he was planning to leave. The age is the alarming factor and his conduct betrays a maturity beyond his chronological age.

Deni Matthews, for the defence, spoke of the defendant’s troubled upbringing without a positive parental role model. Encouraged by positive responses to online posts, the boy was directed by often older people, he said.

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

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