Andrew Dymock founded two terror organisations and was found guilty on 15 charges
EN neo-Nazi has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted of fundraising for an extreme right-wing group and promoting its “distorted and wicked cause”.
The 24-year-old founded two extreme right-wing groups which were proscribed as terror organisations in February 2020. He set up the System Resistance Network (SRN) group in 2017, promoting it on a website and Twitter before being expelled. After being “ousted” as leader of the SRN, he went on to form a new group.
On Wednesday at the Old Bailey, Judge Mark Dennis QC found Dymock to be a dangerous offender, highlighting his continuing “state of denial”. The judge said Dymock had been an “active and committed proponent for right wing neo-Nazi extremism”.
Dymock was “driven by an extremist mindset that by the time of his arrest had become entrenched” and his actions had been “calculated and sophisticated” and designed to encourage others to commit “gratuitous violence against people because of their race, creed or sexuality”, the judge said.
He sentenced Dymock to seven years in prison, with a further three years on extended licence.
The jury found Dymock guilty of five charges of encouraging terrorism, two of fundraising for terrorism, four counts of disseminating terrorist publications, possessing a terrorist document, stirring up racial hatred and hatred based on sexual orientation, and possessing racially inflammatory material.
Prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward suggested the offending was made worse by the fact that Dymock communicated with other known extremists and used encrypted technology to avoid detection.
Dymock set up SRN while studying politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales in 2017. The group was formed after National Action was banned in 2016. The government said SRN operated as an “alias” of National Action after members split the group into factions to dodge the ban.
Other members of SRN expelled Dymock from the group in late February 2018 for his “satanist” views, and he went on to form another group, Sonnenkreig Division (SKD), before being arrested in June of that year at Gatwick Airport as he tried to board a flight to the US.
SKD operated as the UK arm of the American terrorist group Atomwaffen Division, which has been linked to several murders.
The former student had been supported throughout his trial by his parents, Stella and Dr David Dymock, a professor of dentistry at Bristol University, with whom he lived in Bath, Somerset. The court heard they had written to the judge asking for leniency ahead of the sentencing and were “extremely worried” about the impact of jail on their son.
Judge Dennis said it was a “sad factor” in cases like this that the defendant was relatively young. “The collateral damage on conviction is huge for the family, who knew nothing about it or did not recognise the signs, and thought they had done everything they could to bring their child up in a responsible way," han sa.