Far-right extremist, 24, who idolised Hitler’s second-in-command and shared terrorist material in a ‘White Race Camp’ telegram chat avoids jail after court is told he is ‘childlike’
- Alfie Stevens sent far-right material documents to a ‘White Race Camp’ group
A far-right extremist who idolised Hitler’s second-in-command and shared terrorist material in a ‘White Race Camp’ telegram chat has avoided jail after a court was told he is ‘childlike’.
Alfie Stevens, from south-east London, sent far-right material documents into two separate Telegram group chats named ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘White Race Camp’ on 27 January 2021, a court was told.
The 25-year-old – described as a ‘serious risk to the public’ – also sent a document titled ‘White Resistance Manual’ on the encrypted messaging app.
The 310-page document, with chapters on firearms and explosives, included instructions on how to build a ‘potentially lethal’ pipe bomb, the court heard.
Police also found a swastika armband, a Nazi flag and a hoodie with Hitler’s face across it and the words ‘no remorse – one day the world will know Adolf Hitler was right.’
On the day he joined the ‘White Race Camp’, he posted a quote from Hitler’s deputy, Rudolph Hess.
Appearing at the Old Bailey wearing a white shirt and blue blazer, Stevens was handed a two-year suspended sentence for three counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication.
Alfie Stevens, from south-east London , sent far-right material documents into two separate Telegram group chats named ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘White Race Camp’ on 27 January 2021
A far-right extremist who idolised Hitler’s second-in-command and shared terrorist material in a ‘White Race Camp’ telegram chat has avoided jail after a court was told he is ‘childlike’
The court heard Stevens had recently come out of a long term relationship and had been living in his car when he joined the groups, known as ‘camps.’
On 18 January 2021, he joined White Race Camp and on the same day he posted a quote from Hitler’s deputy, Rudolph Hess.
He sent a further message into the group on 27 January 2021, which read ‘I am ordering a deactivated MP40 next week’.
It was said that the groups were hierarchical, with the Band of Brothers group the more senior of the two.
Stevens joined on 25 January 2021, when he posted racist comments saying he was going ‘on a white man march’ and ‘fighting antifa in the heart of London for the Aryan race’
He was arrested following a police investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, Operation Wharfhead on 26 August 2021.
Stevens was over the drink drive limit when his car was stopped near Rotherhithe train station.
He was also found in possession of a bladed article, for which he received a three-month suspended sentence.
Defending Stevens, James Hasslacher said: ‘He is not being punished for his political belief, however extreme they may be.
‘He is being sentenced for his dissemination that may be deemed dangerous to the public.
‘He was living from his car at the time and he had been drinking heavily.
‘It seems a sporadic escalation of his activity because of his continuation to right wing ideology.
Appearing at the Old Bailey (pictured) Stevens was handed a two-year suspended sentence for three counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication
Stevens, of Brook Drive, Kennington (pictured), pleaded guilty to three counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication
‘He certainly has other previous convictions that are not relevant to this offence, they are concerning, particularly the bladed article, but one could consider this to be disconnected.
‘His age and lack of maturity is the greatest feature when it comes to Mr Stevens.
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‘Sometimes his vocabulary is at odds with his intellectual functioning, and may I say that is a classic sign of someone who has adopted the words of others without considering his own, he has adopted it without thought.
‘The psychological report not only refers to him as childlike and immature, it also goes into his cognitive function. He was borderline of intellectual function.
‘There was a possible emerging psychotic illness, this could be the foothills of a mental illness that manifest itself from a lack of maturity into this spontaneous and highly reckless act.
‘May I say, the real issue here and why he is in court is not for his political beliefs, no matter how wrong they may be.
‘He had no idea that the Telegram account had been closed down, there is no further evidence of him re-joining or anything of that nature.
‘There was an immediate cessation of posting material.
‘I fully concede that there was material found in his car sometime later, but that is not what he is being punished for, that is dissemination.
‘It was a spontaneous act by a man with considerable lack of intellectual function, whilst he had lost his relationship, turned to drink and was living in his car.
‘He is 25 now, 23 then, but much younger in intellectual function, he is a young man who is working hard.’
Passing sentence, Judge Sarah Munro said: ‘The offences involve the dissemination by you of extreme right-wing terrorist materials on 27th January 2021.
‘By way of background you openly told the probation officer that you became involved with the National Front and National Action as a young teenager.
‘In the light of your underlying problems, you were an easy target for radicalisation.
‘You have been to Dover and Liverpool to take part in protests against refugees and ended up in violent clashes with anti-Nazi groups.
‘Such activity gave you a ‘buzz’. As a result of your behaviour at school you were referred to Prevent and you managed to repress your political views for some time.
‘Following the breakdown of a long-term relationship you resumed contact with those who held similar extreme views.
‘On that date you uploaded two publications to Telegram Chat groups called ‘White Race Camp’ and ‘Band of Brothers’ within which extreme right wing ideology was promoted.
‘The participants in the chat groups are made up of ‘camps’ in which members are included on the hierarchical basis of the extent of their perceived loyalty to the ideology and the extent of their activity within the groups.
‘Material on the ‘White Race Camp’ group demonstrates that if group members are regarded as suitably active they can move up a group.
‘White Race Camp was created on 12th January 2021, The material includes calls to ‘rise up’ as well as material which glorifies previous terrorist acts.
‘You joined the camp on 18th January 2021, on the same day you posted a quote from Rudolph Hess, a leading member of the Nazi Party in Germany.
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‘You also participated in a third similarly motivated group called ‘Mein Kampf’ on which in April 2021 you posted far right material. That activity demonstrated your continuing mindset.
‘The first matter I have to resolve is the state of your mind, did you have one of those intentions or were you merely reckless. This is a difficult matter to resolve.
‘You went beyond merely posting material on the internet.
‘You were obviously keen to set up and attend training camps, had attended marches and were professing an intention to purchase a weapon, albeit decommissioned.
‘I do not find that you had the determined intention as set out in the indictment but you were clearly reckless.
‘I am concerned about the extent of your drinking and drug taking in the past which will obviously have lead to disinhibition and associated risk-taking.
‘However I note that you maintain that you have not taken drugs for six months and you say that you have reduced your drinking to some extent.’
Stevens, of Brook Drive, Kennington, pleaded guilty to three counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication.
He was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.
Stevens must also take up 60 days of rehabilitation activity requirement, live in the same approved premises and undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.
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