A neo-Nazi who carved a swastika into the backside of his ex-girlfriend has been jailed for seven years.
Andrew Dymock, 24, from Bath in Somerset, England, was arrested by counter-terrorism police in December last year.
Dymock used social media to promote extreme right-wing terrorism to encourage others to participate in terrorist related activity.
A review of more than 400,000 images, videos, social media posts and other material conducted last month led to his conviction.
“The defendant also used the platforms to attempt to raise money for terrorist purposes and posted material online aimed at stirring hatred towards specific groups and communities,” police said.
The material Dymock posted included references to muslims, jewish people and homosexuals.
The 24-year-old told the court in June he had been set up by his ex-girlfriend who had failed to recruit him to terrorist group National Action, Sky News reported.
In an interview in 2019 with police, officers found Dymock had carved a swastika into her behind, the court heard. Dymock told police he did it with a nail.
On Wednesday (local time), Dymock was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of 15 offences in June.
Of them, three offences were contrary to the Public Order Act 1986 including the possession of racially inflammatory material and publishing written material with the intention of stirring up racial hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden said Dymock’s case illustrated how harmful online terrorism is.
“These actions were not simply the result of a young person exploring extreme material for educational purposes. Dymock saw himself as an influencer and spent a lot of time and effort maintaining his online presence, fundraising for his cause and encouraging others,” he said.
“Concerningly Dymock never acknowledged his wrongful actions, but fortunately a jury brought him to justice and safeguarded the public in doing so. Dymock represented a threat to our society, not simply because of his mindset but because of the considerable efforts he exerted spreading his ideology and misusing his abilities.”
Chief Inspector Steve Kendall added “there is no place in our society for people like this”.
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