A 13-year-old schoolboy who ran a neo-Nazi cell from his grandmother’s basement has become Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist — but was spared jail Monday by a judge who told him to “put this behind you.”
The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was just 13 when he started seeking out how to make explosives, Molotov cocktails, napalm and even an AK47 assault rifle, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
He became head of the British cell of a far-right online group called Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) — running it from his grandmother’s home in Cornwall under a large Nazi flag.
The group views non-whites as “sub-humans” and supports “white jihad,” the CPS said.
The boy posted personal messages on far-right chat forums about killing gay people, Jews and non-whites using nail bombs and firearms, and was photographed giving a Nazi salute, prosecutors said.
When he was arrested in 2019, officers found “1488” painted on the garden shed, references to a Nazi rallying cry and to the eighth letter of the alphabet, HH, meaning “Heil Hitler.”
The boy, now 16, pleaded guilty in London’s Old Bailey to two counts of disseminating terrorist publications and 10 counts of possessing such publications.
It included sharing a poster of a nuclear explosion over Parliament to praise racist mass murderers — and a 432-page guerrilla warfare manual that advocated murder and rape, prosecutors said.
But on Monday he escaped prison and was instead sentenced to a 24-month youth rehabilitation order.
“You now have the opportunity to put this behind you and to redirect your future,” Judge Mark Dennis told him, according to the Guardian.
“Any resurfacing of such prejudice or bigotry or engagement in such extremist activity will inevitably lead you in one direction, and that is in a spiral of ever-lengthening terms of incarceration in order to protect the public from such conduct,” the judge warned.
The boy had claimed he did it to look “cool,” but prosecutors said that claim was betrayed by his guilty plea to terrorism-related charges.
“People will rightly be disturbed that a 13-year-old should hold the most appalling neo-Nazi beliefs and start collecting manuals on bomb-making and firearms,” said Jenny Hopkins of the CPS.
The boy was sentenced in the UK’s leading criminal court by video link as he appeared at a smaller court in Bodmin — with his grandmother holding his hand, The Guardian noted.
Prosecutor Naomi Parsons said the defendant’s young age was “alarming” and his conduct “betrays a maturity beyond his chronological age,” the paper said.
With Post wires
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