- A 19-year-old university student who called Prince Harry a “race traitor” in an online post has been sentenced to four years at a young offender institution, according to the Press Association.
- Michal Szewczuk pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material, including the White Resistance Manual and an al-Qaeda training manual.
- The teenager displayed a “clear intention to encourage terrorist acts,” judge Rebecca Poulet QC reportedly told the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales on Tuesday.
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A university student who targeted Prince Harry in an online post has been sentenced to four years in a young offender institution for “encouraging terrorism” and “possession of terrorist material,” a spokesperson for the North East Counter Terrorism Unit confirmed to INSIDER.
Michal Szewczuk, 19, created an image of Prince Harry with a pistol to his head against a blood-covered background alongside a swastika symbol, The Guardian reports.
Szewczuk reportedly shared the image, with the phrase “see ya later race traitor,” to a far-right social media platform back in August.
- West Yorkshire Police.
The incident reportedly occurred three months after Harry married Meghan Markle in May 2018.
The Guardian reports that the 19-year-old was detained after pleading guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material, including the White Resistance Manual and an al-Qaeda training manual.
Szewczuk also had his own blog, described as “extremely violent and aggressively misogynistic,” as he attempted to “justify the rape of women and children in the pursuit of Aryan race,” The Guardian reports.
He was sentenced to four years and three months in a young offender institution on Tuesday after appearing at a hearing at the Old Bailey in London via video link from Belmarsh Prison.
The judge, Rebecca Poulet QC, reportedly said Szewczuk’s image of Prince Harry was created with a “clear intention to encourage terrorist acts.”
“Individuals were urged to go out and commit appalling acts of violence on others for no reason that can ever be understood by any right-thinking individuals,” said Poulet.
Szewczuk’s lawyer reportedly told the court that the defendant, who was arrested at his halls of residence at Portsmouth University in December, had a “difficult and disordered upbringing” and had experienced depression for a “considerable period.”
Another teenager, Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, was sentenced alongside Szewczuk. The 18-year-old from west London also appeared in court via video link from Belmarsh Prison.
- West Yorkshire Police.
Both defendants were arrested in December 2018 after posting a series of images and links influenced by extreme right-wing groups on Gab, a social media platform known for its far-right user base, CTP North East confirmed to INSIDER.
One of the right-wing groups, the Atomwaffen Division, has been linked to five murders in the US since 2017, according to The Guardian.
The posts “convey a message of the threat of and/or use of serious violence against others, in order to advance a political, ideological and racial cause (neo-Nazism) and in this way encourage terrorism,” prosecutor Naomi Parsons reportedly told the court.
The defendants are both of Polish descent, and had spoken on online chat rooms but had never met in person.
Dunn-Koczorowski pleaded to two counts of encouraging terrorism and was sentenced to an 18-month detention and training order.
“Dunn-Koczorowski and Szewczuk clearly see themselves as superior to the majority of society and they feel there duty is to express their beliefs, in turn teaching others,” Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, the Head of CTP NE told INSIDER.
“The considerable amount of material they have posted on social media channels not only reflects their extremist beliefs but was intended to encourage others to carry out despicable acts.
“Both men have developed and evolved their interest in the extreme right wing ideology over time through research and connecting with like-minded individuals.
“We will tackle all forms of toxic extremism which has the potential to threaten public safety and security. We work tirelessly with our partners to confront them and bring those involved to justice,” he added.
INSIDER has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.