Far-right extremist jailed over online posts calling for extermination of Jews

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Far-right extremist jailed over online posts calling for extermination of Jews

Harry Parris, 22, of Bittaford, near Plymouth, had pleaded guilty to four offences of encouraging terrorism.

Undated photo issued by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) of Harry Parris, the far-right extremist has been jailed for two years and nine months.
Undated photo issued by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) of Harry Parris, the far-right extremist has been jailed for two years and nine months.

A far-right extremist has been jailed for two years and nine months for posting pictures, videos and comments online calling for the extermination of Jews and other non-white people.

Harry Parris, 22, of Bittaford, near Plymouth in Devon, had pleaded guilty to four offences of encouraging terrorism on the basis that he was “reckless” in relation to posts and videos posted on Telegram and BitChute channels between 2019 and 2021.

He had also admitted six offences of having documents likely to be useful to a person preparing acts of terrorism.

The extremist titles were White Resistance Manual, Big Book Of Mischief, 50 Calibre Rifle Construction Manual, Homemade Napalm, Anarchy Cookbook 2000 and Bazooka – How To Build Your Own.

Sentencing Parris at Winchester Crown Court, Judge Jane Miller KC said that the defendant, who had been diagnosed with ADHD, had become isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic and had become exposed to extremist views online.

Judge Miller said that he had joined an “extreme right-wing organisation actively promoting a violent national socialist ideology including political terror and in particular the murder of Jewish people but also other non-white groups and politicians”.

She added he was a member of other Telegram groups “dedicated to promoting neo-Nazi content and sharing incitements to violence”.

Parris had also become the administrator of a Telegram channel which Judge Miller said included posts that were “explicitly racist and some of which could be seen as a direct call for action”.

She added: “You insulted many sections of society including Jews, Christians, black people, Africans, gypsies, and those from east Asia.

“You glorified the Nazis suggesting all Jews and gypsies should be exterminated.”

Parris also posted an image of himself doing the Nazi salute as well as other posts with offensive slogans.

The court heard that the defendant also posted “deeply offensive videos”.

Another video featured Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people at the Christchurch mosques in 2019, and included a voiceover created by the defendant.

The defendant was sentenced to serve a further year on licence at the completion of his custodial sentence.

Detective Chief Superintendent Olly Wright, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), said: “Publishing statements supporting toxic, terrorist ideology and being in possession of documents like bomb-making manuals are extremely serious offences.”

Nick Price, head of the CPS special crime and counter terrorism division, said: “Harry Parris’ extreme views have no place in society.

“His collection of extremist literature and online posts were abhorrent given the potential threat to public safety.

“The CPS will always seek to prosecute such appalling criminal behaviour and it is only right that Parris has been jailed today for his crimes.”

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