White Scottish nationalist who idolized mass killers and spread racial hatred convicted of terrorist offenses
A white Scottish nationalist who idolized mass killers and spread vile hatred against Muslims has been convicted of terrorist offenses.
Sam Imrie was convicted of “glorifying” terrorists online and of collecting information that could be useful in committing acts of terrorism.
But the 24-year-old was allowed to prepare to commit acts of terrorism, including suggesting online that he was planning to live-stream an attack on the Fife Islamic Center in Glenrothes.
An Edinburgh High Court jury returned guilty verdicts on eight of the nine charges against him on Wednesday.
Callous Imrie called Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik – who killed 77 people in 2011 – “the savior of Europe” and claimed to have written to him in prison.
He called Brenton Tarrant – the monster who perpetrated the mass shooting of Christchurch mosques in 2019 that left 51 dead – as “Saint Tarrant”.
And he had “manifestos” written by Breivik and Tarrant that prosecutors said could help advise someone looking into their own terrorist attack.
Dressed in a dark top and navy blue sweatpants, Imrie showed no emotion when reading the guilty verdicts.
Judge Lord Mulholland has postponed the first offender’s sentence until November 24 for reports.
The judge told Imrie that he had been “convicted of very serious offenses”, including the charge under the Terrorism Act of “encouraging” others to commit terrorist crimes.
Imrie was found guilty of “glorifying” terrorist acts committed by Breivik, Tarrant and others between June 22, 2018 and July 4, 2019, on Facebook and Telegram.
He was found guilty of collecting information that could be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism between June 20 and July 4, 2019.
But jurors overwhelmingly declared him not guilty of preparing to commit acts of terrorism by building an “arsenal” of weapons, indicating online that he planned to broadcast live footage of “a incident “, going to the Islamic center in Fife with a can of gasoline. , and trying to access the building.
Imrie was also convicted of willfully setting fire to the door of an abandoned building at Strathore Lodge, Thornton, and setting foliage around a gravestone at St Drostans Cemetery, Markinch, both on 4th July 2019.
He was convicted of possession of “extreme pornography” depicting sexual activity involving a human corpse between June 28 and July 5, 2019, and possession of child pornography between June 15 and July 5, 2019.
Imrie was convicted of incapacitating driving due to alcohol or drugs on July 4, 2019.
Lord Mulholland has ordered Imrie – who has been held in Perth Prison since his arrest – to be added to the sex offender registry.
During the trial, an image emerged of a deeply troubled young man who became radicalized and plagued by racist ideology for hours spent in the dark corners of the web.
Imrie’s mother, Joyce Imrie, 50, recounted “her son’s infatuation with Hitler” and described in court how the heavy, self-destructive drinker became a recluse in his small bedroom which he decorated with symbols of ‘far right.
Dropping out of school at age 14 after being the victim of a brutal attack by youth gangs, Imrie spent his teenage years playing X-Box games like Call of Duty before being drawn to the sordid online world of Nazism and white nationalism.
After watching documentaries on the Third Reich, Imrie then became a member of a channel on the Internet Telegram platform called @Fashwaveartists, where crooked right-wing extremists gathered to exchange hate.
Sharing his disgusting opinions, Imrie explained how Breivik “holds the world record for the greatest mass shooting of all time”, adding: “I hope to meet him one day”.
He posted a photo of Breivik giving a Nazi salute with the message “The traitors got the fuckin ‘ball” on it. Underneath was written: “I love him so much.”
Another article read: “All my heroes are mass murderers. Kill the invaders today.
On another occasion, Imrie wrote: “The SNP party wants millions of Muslims to come in, so I obviously want Sturgeon to die. “
The trial learned how Imrie caught the attention of the Metropolitan Police, whose agents copied his Telegram messages.
Scottish Police officers, including gun cops, rushed to the Glenrothes house that Imrie shared with her mother and siblings at 2 a.m. on July 6, 2019 and the terrorist suspect was taken outside in pajamas and handcuffed.
In her bedroom, officers found printed papers containing a “manifesto” titled “The Great Replacement” written by Tarrant.
They discovered that Imrie had scrawled two swastikas and the number “1488” – a significant number for white supremacists – on the wall of her bedroom.
Police found “thousands” of hate images on Imrie’s computer, including anti-black and anti-Semitic material, the majority relating to Nazism, including Holocaust denial.
In one, a photo of American pop star Taylor Swift had been digitally altered to display “SS” on her tank top and swastikas on her glasses.
Imrie’s Snapchat account was named “racewarplz”, her PayPal password was “lonewolf” and her Apple Mac account name was “n *** erkiller”.
There were two copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” on his computer and a 266-page guide to knife making.
Imrie had a picture of Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-American worshipers in an American church, in a computer file marked “hero.”
His “bio” Facebook page under his name read “Seeing Muslims Suffer” and his cover photo was an image of Hitler speaking to a large crowd.
In a photo of Donald Trump sitting on a gold chair, Imrie typed a message on it: “God.”
During his testimony, Joyce Imrie was asked about her son’s attitude towards the former US president and told the court: “I think he liked some of his ideas. Make America even better, etc.
She described her son to the cops as a “loner” who never had a girlfriend she knew.
Imrie’s laptop and phone contained footage of sexual activity with mutilated women in a folder called “photos of dead girls”.
These included photos of women who are believed to have died, with parts of their bodies missing, including their breasts and heads.
Some photos showed signs of sexual activity with the corpses which police experts considered “genuine” and likely taken to the morgue.
Depraved child pornography content was retrieved from Imrie’s phone, 17 of which were Grade A – the worst level.
Police discovered that Imrie had “very graphic” videos of the Christchurch shooting on his phone which he admitted to watching three or four times.
Asked by MP Lawyer Lisa Gillespie QC why someone would watch it multiple times, Imrie answered on the witness stand: “I believed at the time they deserved it.”
Asked by detectives after his arrest in July 2019, Imrie admitted to being a “white nationalist” but said he was only “pretending” that he was going to burn down the Islamic center in Fife.
On the witness stand, Imrie admitted to having “idolized” Breivik and Tarrant.