White su­prem­a­cist ad­mits race hate let­ter cam­paign

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY EMILY PENNINK

A WHITE su­prem­a­cist has ad­mit­ted send­ing ‘Pun­ish a Mus­lim Day’ let­ters as well as white pow­der to the Queen, Theresa May and Tory peer Lord Ah­mad.

David Parn­ham (35) pleaded guilty at the Old Bai­ley to 15 of­fences re­lat­ing to hun­dreds of let­ters penned be­tween June 2016 and June 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to a case sum­mary, seven let­ters were in­ter­cepted at Sh­effield mail cen­tre in July 2016 and found to con­tain harm­less white pow­der. A fur­ther 11 let­ters were iden­ti­fied as de­liv­ered.

A let­ter to David Cameron con­tained the word­ing ‘Al­lah is great’, while the let­ters to MPs and mosques con­tained the word­ing ‘P*** Filth’.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, more let­ters con­tain­ing white pow­der stated that “the clowns R com­ing 4 you” and were in­tended to reach the Queen and Theresa May. In De­cem­ber 2016 Parn­ham sent a fan let­ter to Dy­lann Roof, a white su­prem­a­cist who mur­dered nine black parish­ioners in Charleston, South Carolina.

He told Roof: “I just wanted to thank you for open­ing my eyes. Ever since you car­ried out what I’d call the ‘cleans­ing’ I’ve felt dif­fer­ently about what you’d call ‘racial aware­ness’.”

In Fe­bru­ary 2017 let­ters were sent to var­i­ous mosques and Is­lamic cen­tres around the county.

A let­ter to Berke­ley Street Mosque in Hull, signed as ‘Mus­lim slayer’, con­tained a draw­ing of a sword with a swastika on it cut­ting some­one’s head off with the words ‘you are go­ing to be slaugh­tered very soon’.

In March 2017 let­ters were sent to ad­dresses around the Uni­ver­sity of Sh­effield call­ing for the ex­ter­mi­na­tion of mi­nor­ity racial and re­li­gious groups.

In 2018 a se­ries of typed ‘Pun­ish a Mus­lim Day’ let­ters were sent out to a large num­ber of peo­ple, en­cour­ag­ing vi­o­lence on April 3 — Roof ’s birth­day.

Parn­ham was snared through DNA, hand­writ­ing and fin­ger­prints on the let­ters. When he was ar­rested in June 2018, he re­fused to an­swer any ques­tions.

Fol­low­ing his guilty pleas, Parn­ham was re­manded into cus­tody by Judge An­thony Leonard QC. He will be sen­tenced at a later date.

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