Michal Szewczuk: Far-right teen who accused Prince Harry of being 'race traitor' locked up

18 June 2019, 11:22 | Updated: 18 June 2019, 15:00

A far-right teenager who accused Prince Harry of being a "race traitor" in an online post has been locked up for four years and three months.

Michal Szewczuk, 19, was sentenced at the Old Bailey for the "abhorrent" post, which featured an image of the Duke of Sussex with a gun to his head.

The image showed Harry against a blood-spattered background and included a swastika symbol.

It was captioned: "See Ya Later Race Traitor".

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC said the image "encourages terrorism" and "advances violence".

University student Szewczuk searched the phrases "Meghan Markle", "Prince Harry" and "pointing gun" before creating the image and sharing it on a far-right social media site in August last year.

It was posted just a few months after the duke married mixed-race former actress Meghan Markle.

Szewczuk pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material and was ordered to be detained in a young offenders' institution.

The 19-year-old, from Leeds, also managed an "extremely violent and aggressively misogynistic blog" which tried to justify the rape of women and children to create an Aryan race.

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He was sentenced alongside Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, from west London, who admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism.

The 18-year-old's posts included support for far-right terrorist Anders Breivik and the threat of ethnic cleansing of Albanians.

Dunn-Koczorowski was handed an 18-month detention and training order.

Judge Poulet said the teenager still held "deeply entrenched views in support of this extreme right-wing ideology" and his lawyer admitted a medical report concluded he showed a "lack of remorse".

Szewczuk and Dunn-Koczorowski, both of Polish descent, had not met in person but in online chatrooms.

The pair posted images and links which were influenced by extreme far-right groups, including the Atomwaffen Division - a "youth-driven, national socialist group at the extreme end of the revolutionary right-wing spectrum".

The group has been linked to five murders in the US since 2017, the Old Bailey heard.

Prosecutor Naomi Parsons said the teenagers' posts had targeted Jewish people, non-white people and anyone "perceived to be complicit in the perpetuation of multi-culturalism".

Judge Poulet described the posts as "abhorrent" and said: "Individuals were urged to go out and commit appalling acts of violence on others for no reason that can ever be understood by any right thinking individuals."

Szewczuk was studying computer science at Portsmouth University and Dunn-Koczorowski had been living at home.

They gave no reaction as they were sentenced.