White supremacist admits race hate letter campaign
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.