A self-confessed Nazi who labelled Jewish people as “parasites” and called for them to be “eradicated” has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred.
The 22-year-old man from Lancashire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, breached the Public Order Act 1986 in using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in two speeches he gave.
He committed the offences during a demonstration by a group named the North West Infidels on Blackpool Promenade in March 2016 and at a gathering of far right extremists, the Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists, thought to be held the month before.
At the Blackpool demonstration the defendant said: “In World War Two we took the wrong side. We should have been fighting the communists, instead we took the wrong side with communists and fought the national socialists who were there to remove Jewry from Europe once and for all.
“That’s what the final solution was. Instead we let these parasites live among us and they still do.”
Speaking on a microphone, he concluded: “We need to start focusing on the real enemy. The real enemy is the Jew. Thank you.”
The address was met with applause and one male was heard to say: “Yeah! Kill the f***ers.”
His speech at the Yorkshire Forum – held at a club in North Yorkshire – was was posted online by an unknown person.
Jurors heard him tell the audience: “The Jew is a merchant, a deceiver. He is a Jew. He is nature’s financial parasite and nature’s social vermin. He needs to be eradicated.”
Among items recovered at the defendant’s home when he was later arrested was a framed poster that claimed “the Jewish master race” sought to turn 99% of the population into slaves.
Prosecutor Matthew Brook said the defendant wanted other people to share his hatred of the Jewish race.
He told jurors at Preston Crown Court: “He was clearly saying in both speeches that the Jewish race should be killed. Not put on an island where they can stay but killed to protect the 99%.
“He is making both of those speeches to recruit members to his cause and to encourage people who already agree with his racist views to stand firm. That was his intention.”
Giving evidence, the defendant confirmed he was a Nazi but that did not mean he hated all Jews.
He denied intending to stir up racial hatred and instead said he was being deliberately controversial to provoke lively debate and to shift views further to the right on the political spectrum
On Monday, the jury unanimously found the defendant guilty of two counts of intending to stir up racial hatred.
He will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.