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Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist, who led a neo-Nazi cell from his grandmother’s house, has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to a 24-month youth rehabilitation order.
When the boy, from south-east Cornwall, was aged just 13 when he got his hands on instructions for explosives and at the age of 14, he amassed a stash of terror material and shared far-right extremist ideology in online chatrooms.
He pleaded guilty to 12 offences – two of dissemination of terrorist documents and 10 of possession of terrorist material.
Prosecutor Naomi Parsons said the defendant’s young age was “alarming” and his conduct “betrays a maturity beyond his chronological age”.
In mitigation, Deni Matthews said the youth was “damaged” and had “sought approval by expressing views he certainly does not ascribe to now and was unlikely to have ascribed to genuinely at the time”.
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