Racist is convicted over mail to Queen and MPs
A WHITE supremacist has admitted sending Punish a Muslim Day letters as well as white powder to the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May and Tory peer Lord Ahmad.
David Parnham, 35, pleaded guilty to 15 offences relating to hundreds of letters penned between June 2016 and June this year. At the Old Bailey, he pleaded guilty to encouraging murder, making hoaxes involving noxious substances and bombs, sending letters with intent to cause distress and encouraging offences.
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 having been delivered.
In October 2016, more letters containing white powder stated that “the clowns R coming 4 you” and were intended to reach the Queen and Mrs May. In December 2016, Parnham sent a fan letter to Dylann Roof, a white supremacist responsible for shooting dead 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 2007, letters were sent to mosques and Islamic centres around the county. A letter to Berkeley Street Mosque in Hull 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”. The author signed off as “Muslim slayer”.
In March 2017, letters were sent to addresses at University of Sheffield campus calling for the extermination of minority racial and religious groups. They contained suggestions on how to kill people and an offer to make a donation of £100 to charity for each death.
Parnham was arrested in June through DNA, handwriting and fingerprints on the letters. Following his guilty pleas, Parnham, of St Andrew’s Close in Lincoln, was remanded into custody by Judge Anthony Leonard, and will be sentenced at a later date.