David Musins, 36, pleaded guilty to belonging to National Action, contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He is one of at least 25 members to have received custodial sentences since the group was banned in December 2016.
National Action was proscribed by the British Government following repeated calls by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others.
Mr Musins’s online activity dating back to early 2016 saw him engage with the fascist Iron March forum, publishing posts that demonstrated an interest in National Socialism.
Soon after, Mr Musins took part in a National Action meeting in London, a training camp organised by the far-right group, Legion, which combined combat training with lessons in neo-Nazi ideology. Later, Mr Musins went to a National Action rally in Darlington alongside other groups like the Scottish Defence League and the North-West Infidels.
When officers from the Metropolitan Police raided Mr Musin’s address in late 2017, they found clothing and spraypaint which connected him to National Action, and a USB stick that contained a digital journal with information about his time at the Legion training camp, and pictures of Mr Musins alongside others giving a Nazi salute.
Sentencing Mr Musins at the Old Bailey on 27th May to three years’ imprisonment with an extended period on licence of twelve months, Judge Anthony Leonard QC said: “That you left the group voluntarily is particularly significant, but it cannot expunge your earlier behaviour, which is abhorrent.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism closely monitors the far-right, which remains a dangerous threat to the Jewish community and other minority groups.