Racist is convicted over mail to Queen and MPs

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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.

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