Dean Morrice, 34, was found guilty at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court last week on ten counts related to terrorism and explosives.
He was reported to have posted “violent racist, antisemitic and Islamophobic propaganda online and collected the means for making bombs.”
Judge Peter Lodder said: “You have described yourself as a patriot. You are not a patriot, you are a dangerous neo-Nazi, your bigotry and hatred is abhorrent to the overwhelming majority in this country.”
Judge Lodder added that Mr Morrice had attempted to “fool” the court into believing that he was a respectable family man: “You attempted to fool the jury into thinking that you are a family-orientated, caring man who was simply trying to find friends. In the witness box you cried as you spoke of missing your own children. Yet you revelled in the Christchurch mosque massacre in which children as young as three years old were murdered, and glorified Brevijk who slaughtered more than 30 children in Norway.”
Mr Morrice, who previously drove a truck in the army, also reportedly ran a Telegram channel which disseminated virulently antisemitic, neo-Nazi content that encouraged the killing of Jews and other minorities.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: “The evidence in this case has shown that Morrice had a clear extreme right-wing ideology and had terrorist intentions. He was also in possession of terrorist literature including ‘weapon and militia manuals’ and distributed this to further aid his warped ideology and try and encourage others.
“Through dedicated investigation, Morrice was stopped before he was able to carry out any physical act of terror but the evidence showed that he actively encouraged terrorism to others with his toxic ideology and had the intention and potentially the capability to commit one himself.”
Mr Morrice was given a 23-year custodial sentence, of which he will spend a minimum of eighteen years in prison.
Recently, Andrew Dymock, a 24-year-old politics graduate from Aberystwyth University who was accused of creating and running the website of the neo-Nazi System Resistance Network group, was found guilty on twelve terrorism charges.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to support the authorities following suit.
Image credit: Counter Terrorism Policing South East