Matthew Henegan appeared in court docket carrying an armband much like the one above (Image: Rex; Getty)
A person accused of spreading anti-Semitic Covid conspiracy theories has appeared on the Previous Bailey carrying a Nazi armband.
Matthew Henegan, 35, is alleged to have stirred up racial hatred by publishing and distributing materials on-line regarding a ‘coronavirus hoax’.
He will even stand trial for allegedly handing out leaflets with the identical objective in March round St Neots, Cambridgeshire, the place he lives, and proudly owning a bullet-making information in breach of anti-terrorism legal guidelines.
Arriving earlier than a decide for his preliminary listening to on Friday, he sported darkish glasses, a hairband and a crimson armband emblazoned with a swastika.
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Mr Justice Sweeney despatched the defendant out of the courtroom.
Mr Henegan returned carrying a blue padded jacket with the armband now not seen, and stood within the dock to substantiate his identify and date of delivery.
He’s accused of publishing three posts – the ‘Corona Virus Hoax Full Version,’ ‘Corona Virus Hoax Replace – How You Are Being Managed’ and the ‘Corona Virus Hoax’ – on an internet site referred to as archive.org.
Talking exterior court docket, prosecutor Julia Faure-Walker stated the posts relate to a conspiracy concept blaming Jewish individuals for the pandemic.
The alleged anti-Semite will stand trial on the Previous Bailey subsequent 12 months (Image: Rex)
In addition to the leaflets he handed out on March 17, just a few days earlier than the primary nationwide lockdown, he’s additionally accused of proudly owning a doc entitled ‘Learn how to Make Armor Piercing Bullets’, stated to have been ‘helpful for terrorist functions’.
He’s on unconditional bail forward of his subsequent listening to on 12 March subsequent 12 months, together with his trial set to start on November 8 subsequent 12 months.
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