Neo-Nazi who beat up Channel 9 security guard remains incarcerated

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Neo-Nazi who posted a video of him beating up a black Channel Nine security guard remains behind bars after allegedly assaulting a group of hikers with knives after they objected to his racist stickers

  • Thomas Sewell, 28, is the leader of the racist group European Australian Movement
  • In March, he was filmed beating up a security guard while storming Nine’s offices
  • Arrested last month charged with assaulting hikers with his Nazi group followers
  • Police fear he is brainwashing young people into white supremacists and opposes bail

A self-proclaimed white supremacist and “soldier for the white race” is a serious concern to Victoria Police, who fear he is indoctrinating people into a neo-Nazi subculture.

Thomas Sewell, 28, is the leader of a right-wing organization called the European Australian Movement and is heavily involved in the right-wing National Socialist Movement.

Sewell is behind bars and faces serious charges, including armed robbery and assault on a group of hikers in a Victorian state park, and assault on a Channel Nine security guard.

He asked for bail at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday but was denied.

Sewell delivers a Nazi salute in footage played on A Current Affair

Victoria Police counter-terrorism detective Michael Taylor told the court that Sewell had “remarkable greatness about himself and the white race” and is unwavering in his belief that white people are being exterminated.

He is said to have told a right-wing podcast that “I am a political soldier for the white race and Adolf Hitler is my leader,” he said.

“I’m a white supremacist… we’re 100 percent better in every way, shape and form,” Sewell is said to have said.

Sewell remains in custody on serious charges, including armed robbery and theft of a violent knife incident in Victoria’s Cathedral Ranges State Park, northeast of Melbourne, on May 21 this year.

The guard tells the man who is filming to stop filming and leave.  Thomas Sewell (right) watching

The guard tells the man who is filming to stop filming and leave. Thomas Sewell (right) watching

Shocked bystanders watch as Sewell punches the guard multiple times, who falls backwards and is knocked to the ground

Shocked bystanders watch as Sewell punches the guard multiple times, who falls backwards and is knocked to the ground

It is alleged that Sewell and a group of EAM and NSM members were hiking in the park when another group of hikers noticed ‘Australia for the white man’ stickers pasted along the trail.

The walkers speculated that the group was “probably the Nazis” who had been featured in news reports about groups camping in the Grampians during Australia Day.

One of the hikers briefly filmed the group in the parking lot before noticing one of the group running towards them and yelling “Antifa” – a reference to a left-wing organization.

None of the six hikers have any ties to leftist organizations, including Antifa.

It is alleged that Sewell smashed a passenger window of one of the hikers’ cars, while another person smashed the driver’s side window. DNA matched a sample from Sewell.

The neo-Nazi then holds the guard to the ground as bystanders yell at him to stop and get off the man, who was just doing his job

The neo-Nazi then holds the guard to the ground as bystanders yell at him to stop and get off the man, who was just doing his job

The court heard that knives, wielded by people wearing balaclavas, were stabbed through the driver’s window.

Several of the other walkers were reportedly stopped and told ‘we’re not attacking you, we just want you to stay put’.

The groups were eventually allowed to drive away. Detective Senior Constable Taylor said two of the alleged victims were “too terrified of prosecution” to do so.

Sewell was out on bail at the time after being charged with beating a guard six times in the head outside Channel Nine’s Melbourne headquarters in March.

It is alleged that Sewell went to the office to talk to senior executives about an A Current Affair segment airing in March about homegrown neo-Nazi groups camped in regional Victoria, in which Sewell is common.

The Channel Nine security guard was taken to hospital by ambulance and Victoria Police received CCTV footage of the incident

The Channel Nine security guard was taken to hospital by ambulance and Victoria Police received CCTV footage of the incident

Det Sen Const Taylor said police have found hunting knives and an ax in Sewell’s bedroom and brass knuckles in his car, and fear he is becoming increasingly erratic, volatile and violent.

Sewell’s attorney Kieran Reynolds said the case against his client was not as strong as police did and offered a series of bail conditions, including that he live with his father.

Tony Sewell said he absolutely did not share his son’s political beliefs, nor did they talk about them.

Mr Reynolds said the case is likely to go to trial, which could take up to two years.

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