UK neo-Nazi gets two and a half years in prison for hate crimes

Swastika-decorated underpants were found during a raid of Nathan Worrell’s home.

September 9, 2019 21:23
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Visitors at an exhibition, look at Nazi flags and banners bearing Swastikas, at Yad Vashem World Hol

Visitors at an exhibition, look at Nazi flags and banners bearing Swastikas, at Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. . (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Notorious British neo-Nazi Nathan Worrell has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of eight hate crime offenses.

Worrell previously served a prison sentence in 2008 for racially aggravated harassment and for being in possession of terrorist material.

According to a statement released by the UK Counter Terrorism Policing network, Worrell “was intending to still up racial hatred” and his conviction was also related to “possessing terrorist material.”

All eight offenses fall under the Public Order Act of 1986.

During his trial in August at the Grimsby Crown Court, it was revealed that Worrell is a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and he told the court that he didn’t believe in “diversity or multiculturalism.”

He is also a vehement Holocaust denier, and had been putting up stickers on lampposts and other places in the coastal town of Grimsby, which called diversity “white genocide.” Other stickers that he placed pledged support for white supremacist groups including Combat 18, which is a known neo-Nazi terrorist organization originating from the UK. Some of the stickers also encouraged racial divisions and anti-immigrant sentiments.

During proceedings, he was asked whether the Holocaust had happened and he denied it saying that the six million Jews had died because of “allied bombing and starvation.”

He also stated that he believes Hitler was deeply misunderstood and much that is told about him in history is lies.

Among some of the material found in his home during police raids were underpants decorated with swastikas, as well as neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan memorabilia, including flags, pictures, badges and fridge magnets.

According to the BBC, prosecutor Simon Davis told the court that clothes, which included boxer shorts, were found emblazoned with Nazi symbolism.

“Neo-Nazism is plainly a lifestyle choice,” Davis said. “His mind is plainly set in that direction, from the time he gets up in the morning to the time he goes to bed, he’s surrounded by images of Hitler, the SS, the Third Reich and all the trappings of neo-Nazism.”

In December 2008, Worrell was previously sentenced to seven years and three months for offenses for possession of material for terrorist purposes and racially aggravated harassment.

Following the conviction, North East Counter Terrorism Policing head detective chief superintendent Martin Snowden said these offenses clearly show that Worrell has not changed his behavior, despite serving a previous prison sentence.

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