Neo-Nazi Teenager Who Described Himself As a 'Natural Sadist' Had a List of Targets and Called Hitler 'A Brave Man,' Court Hears

A neo-Nazi teenager who described himself as a "natural sadist" wrote in admiration of Adolf Hitler and planned an arson spree with Molotov cocktails on local synagogues, a court has heard.

The 16-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also listed targets including schools, post offices, bars and government buildings as locations "worth attacking" in a manifesto that was seized by British police, according to a report by the Press Association.

He also searched for firearms, knives and explosives, and was in communication with a gun auctioneer, before his home in the northern English city of Durham was raided in March of this year.

Police seized the manifesto titled "A Manual for practical and sensible guerrilla warfare against the kike system in the Durham City area, Sieg Heil"—in addition to a diary, books and computer devices.

A file photo of online radicalisation.
A file photo of online radicalisation. A 16-year-old teenager appeared in Manchester Crown Court after becoming a proponent of far-right views. Getty

Among the evidence collected was a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf. A diary entry on the late Nazi leader's birthday stated: "A brave man to say the least."

"Although maybe having written proof that I admire their number one enemy isn't such a wise idea," the journal entry also stated. "I will however say that I one day hope to follow in his footsteps."

In another, he explained his "deep admiration" for Moors murderer Ian Brady who killed five children.

"How wonderful it is to be an amoral individual," he wrote. "I could not imagine dismissing someone as bad for such a petty and insignificant thing. Did those five deaths change the world?"

Others entries stated: "I would consider myself a natural sadist," and "In journal format, I hope to record events from now all the way to the inevitable race war."

The teenager's computer devices also showed searches for "lone-wolf" attacks carried out by the likes of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik and Columbine High School killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold one month before his arrest.

He appeared in Manchester Crown Court where a two-week trial is underway.

He denies charges in relation to the preparation of terrorists acts, disseminating a terrorist publication, possessing an article for a purpose connected with terrorism and three counts of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Michelle Nelson QC, prosecuting, told the court that the 16-year-old had been a follower of right-wing ideology since 2016 and he came to the attention of police for racist tweets in 2017.

His views further hardened and radicalized with time, she said, and he later adopted views of neo-Nazism and "accelerationism"—an idea which calls for the acceleration of the demise of liberal democracy and by acts of violence.

He also joined a right-wing forum where many of these ideas were shared, Nelson said.