England: Neo-Nazis Jailed over anti-Jewish Internet Posts

(VIN) Two white supremacists have been jailed after being convicted of posting violent and vicious racist messages on the internet.

Michael Heaton, 42, and Trevor Hannington, 58, described Jews as “scum” and called for them to be “destroyed”.

The “proud neo-Nazis” were unanimously cleared of soliciting murder at Liverpool Crown Court but Heaton was jailed on Friday for 30 months after being convicted of four counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words likely to stir up racial hatred.

Hannington previously admitted two counts of stirring up racial hatred, two further counts of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and disseminating a terrorist publication. He was jailed for two years.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Irwin told Heaton, of Leigh in Wigan, Greater Manchester, his internet posts were “vicious and repulsive”.

He added: “You saw yourself as the leader of a potentially significant and active National Socialist group. Your sustained racist rants were intended to bolster that group.

“You wanted to start a race war. You are clearly filled with racial hatred and also with violent and angry beliefs.”

The judge told Heaton his words were of the most “insulting and extreme nature” marked by “violent racism”, and said only a significant jail term was acceptable.

Hannington, from Hirwaun, Cardiff, was described as a loner by the judge, who told him: “You are a long standing racist who has never hidden your views, which are violent and vicious in the extreme.

“You are a lonely man with little in your life. You habitually told lies about a non-existent army career and your knowledge of survival techniques in an attempt to gain status. You are, to some degree, pitiable in this, however repugnant what you said.”



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