‘Neo-Nazi’ accused of fomenting ‘racial holy war’, tells court he was ‘trapped by ex-girlfriend’

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A neo-Nazi student accused of promoting far-right groups and using social media to “foster a race war,” told a court he was framed by an ex-girlfriend.

Andrew Dymock, of Bath, Somerset, is said to have joined the white supremacist groups Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN) between 2017 and 2018.

The student, who is accused of posting virulent anti-Semitic content on SRN’s now banned Twitter account, is also said to have created and updated the neo-Nazi website “The Lion Rises.”

However, the 24-year-old said he only shared resources on SRN’s site for his academic research after his ex-girlfriend was evicted from the extremist group.

Dymock, who studied politics at Aberystwyth University, told the court that his ex had deliberately given him the extremist material and posted inflammatory content masquerading as him online to get him charged with terrorism.

He also claimed that his ex-girlfriend was “actively trying to recruit” him for the far-right neo-Nazi terrorist organization National Action, but that he did not realize it at the time.

The defendant is charged with 15 charges, including 12 alleged terrorism-related crimes.

He has denied being behind the bills, claiming he was “tricked,” the Old Bailey has heard before.

Andrew Dymock, 24, from Bath, Somerset is accused of posting virulent anti-Semitic content and promoting extremist right-wing groups

Dymock testified today, saying he told his ex about his research into “far-right theory” and “far-right groups,” but she initially did not disclose that she was a member of SRN.

He said, “I didn’t know she was a member until she got kicked out.”

He claimed that after being notified of her membership, he tried to move her away from “the Nazi troop”, even having her film him burning an SRN flag.

The defendant continued: “I wanted… [her] away from politics and stuff. I wasn’t happy with her opinions and points of view and all that.

“I didn’t want to, I wouldn’t say, deradicalize her, just stop her from being this Nazi.”

Jurors heard Dymock messaged her: “I had a dream where I went through the Wild West and executed f****** with a .44 Magnum revolver.”

But Dymock denied that the slur was gay, claiming the dream was simply a reaction to watching a Clint Eastwood movie the night before.

Dymock – who identifies as Pagan – told the court his ex was kicked out of SRN after an Orthodox Christian coup d’état expelled all pagans from the organization.

After her eviction, he said he asked her to share resources on SRN that he could use for his academic research.

“She had been kicked out of SRN, so it was obvious it was of no use to her,” Dymock said.

‘It would have been a treasure, of course. No journalist could get my hands on this stuff.’

Jurors learned that Dymock’s ex-girlfriend visited him at Aberystwyth University and took her laptop and ‘some USB sticks’.

The student said: ‘She took the files out of her laptop, she put them in these USB sticks, there were two of them. She inserted the USB sticks [my laptop].’

Dymock told the court that his ex had deliberately given him the material and posted incendiary content posing as him online to get him charged with terrorism.

Image released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a skull mask sent via an electronic device used by Andrew Dymock

Image released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a skull mask sent via an electronic device used by Andrew Dymock

Jurors were previously shown an image of a figure with a swastika flag recovered from Andrew Dymock devices

Jurors were previously shown an image of a figure with a swastika flag recovered from Andrew Dymock devices

A photo released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a top (right), similar to one found in Andrew Dymock's home

A photo released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a top (right), similar to one found in Andrew Dymock’s home

“She is central to these attacks on me, to deliberately incriminate me,” Dymock said.

He claimed she was “actively trying to recruit” for National Action, but he didn’t realize it at the time.

The Sonnenkrieg Division and the System Resistance Network

The Atomwaffen Division was established in the US around 2013 with the aim of destroying civilization in order to build a National Socialist state.

The British offshoots were known as the Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN).

Jurors heard that SRN was one of the organizations filling the “dubious gap” after the far-right group National Action was banned in 2016.

The homepage of the neo-Nazi group SRN declared its goal to be the destruction of ‘the system’ and ‘lead the European to his destination’, before quoting Hitler.

SRN was banned in 2020.

“She failed to recruit me for National Action and of course my testimony would have put her in jail for recruiting for a prescribed organization,” Dymock said.

Yesterday, Dymock claimed to be a member of online Alt Right groups on Discord as part of his research for his dissertation.

He also said he had never run the neo-Nazi website “The Lion Rises,” claiming that a purchase in his name of the WordPress platform simply meant buying some music editing software.

He also claimed to own several copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf because of a module he was taking in college and because of his dissertation research.

Earlier this month, jurors learned that police had found flags, clothing, books and badges all associated with far-right groups in Dymock’s home and college residences when they arrested him.

Jurors were also shown a flood of SRN tweets featuring images later recovered of devices seized from Dymock’s bedroom.

On November 11, 2017, a tweet depicting a German SS soldier greeted those fighting for “Europe’s freedom against Jewish Bolshevism and capitalism.”

Jurors also viewed other tweets that contained clearly homophobic, racist, anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic language.

Prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward said: “The prosecution says he has used the social media platforms to raise money for the group and to encourage others to participate in terrorist activities and foment hatred in their communities.

System Resistance Network, or SRN, was a group that preached zero tolerance to non-white, Jewish and Muslim communities. The group describes homosexuality as a disease. The clarion call was for the expulsion of minorities and a white revolution.

The online campaign of vehemently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic propaganda was designed to foment a race war against ethnic minorities and others it viewed as racial traitors. ‘

Pictured: T-shirts found in Dymock's bedroom when counter-terrorism police raided his bedroom

Pictured: T-shirts found in Dymock's bedroom when counter-terrorism police raided his bedroom

Pictured: T-shirts found in Dymock’s bedroom when counter-terrorism police raided his bedroom

Dymock denies being behind the online activity, claiming it was “set up” by others.

He further claims that the material found at his address was for “academic” and personal reasons and not for terrorist purposes.

Dymock, of Bath, denies five counts of encouraging terrorism, four of distributing terrorist publications, two of terrorist fundraising, one of possessing material useful to a terrorist, one of racially incendiary material, one of fomenting racial hatred and one of incendiary hatred based on sexual orientation.

The process continues.

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