The recent trial of British neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw has ended without a verdict, as the jury was unable to decide whether he had membership in a banned hate group, a charge which he denies. This is just one of numerous trials that Renshaw will face for various offenses in the months to come, but the close of this case has brought many details to light that were previously sealed by the court.
Although Renshaw has managed to avoid this smaller charge, he is awaiting sentencing for a terrorist plot that he already plead guilty to. Renshaw admitted to plotting the death of MP Rosie Cooper and a police officer who was investigating him for sex crimes. His terrorist plot was exposed after a whistleblower overheard him describing his plan to friends.
Despite being horrifically homophobic in public, Renshaw was a convicted pedophile accused of grooming underage boys. The information about Renshaw’s sex crime convictions was sealed by the courts until the end of his trial this week, as is required by UK law.
Trouble began for Renshaw when he was arrested in 2017 for making speeches where he called for genocide. After the arrest, his phone was confiscated by police, who found evidence that he was grooming underage boys for sex. It was later revealed that he was already being investigated for sex crimes against children at the time of his arrest.
According to prosecutors, Renshaw contacted boys as young as 13 and 14 from fake Facebook profiles, saying that he was rich and could give them jobs. He even offered one of the boys £300 to spend the night with him. These conversations reportedly happened between February 2016 and January 2017.
His contact with the children was exposed after he asked for intimate photos, which caused one of the boys to tell a trusted adult about the growing online relationship. Renshaw vehemently denied the accusations against him, saying that he was a virgin and did not believe in sex outside of marriage. He also said that homosexuality was “unnatural.”
Renshaw claimed that the evidence against him was planted by an activist group called Hope Not Hate, a vocal opponent of neo-Nazi groups in the UK. The jury in the case did not believe his story, and found him guilty on four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. His convictions carry a 16-month prison sentence and Renshaw will be placed on the sex offender registry for 10 years.
Renshaw also received a three-year prison sentence two months earlier when he was found guilty of stirring up racial hatred after he called for the genocide of Jewish people, BBC reported.
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