Neo-nazi academic’s son, 24, who carved a swastika into his girlfriend’s buttock, described homosexuality as a ‘disease’ and tried to ‘stir up a race war’ is found guilty of terror and hate charges
- 24-year-old Andrew Dymock is the middle-class son of academics from Bath
- He told jurors ‘thank you for killing me’ after he was found guilty of 15 charges
- The jury’s conviction included 12 terrorism-related offences, in 2017 and 2018
Andrew Dymock, 24, the middle-class son of academics from Bath, told jurors ‘thank you for killing me’ after he was found guilty of 15 charges, including 12 terrorism-related offences, in 2017 and 2018 by a jury at the Old Bailey on Friday
A neo-Nazi student who carved a swastika into his girlfriend’s buttock has been found guilty of terror and hate offences.
Andrew Dymock, 24, the middle-class son of academics from Bath, told jurors ‘thank you for killing me’ after he was found guilty of 15 charges, including 12 terrorism-related offences, in 2017 and 2018 by a jury at the Old Bailey on Friday.
The court heard how he promoted the extreme right-wing System Resistance Network (SRN) group, which aimed to ‘stir up a race war’, through a Twitter account and a website.
He used online platforms to raise money for the now-banned organisation, which ‘preached zero-tolerance’ to non-whites, Jewish and Muslim communities and described homosexuality as a ‘disease’.
Police found a picture on one of Dymock’s devices showing a swastika cut into his girlfriend’s buttock and he told detectives in a January 2019 interview he had used his nail to scratch the symbol.
Dymock, who was at the time studying politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales, denied being behind the accounts, claiming he was set up by his now former partner, who had failed to recruit him to join banned terrorist group National Action.
Pictured: Image released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a skull mask which was sent via an electronic device used by Dymock
The court heard how he promoted the extreme right-wing System Resistance Network (SRN) group, which aimed to ‘stir up a race war’, through a Twitter account and a website
Jurors were previously shown this image of a figure holding a swastika flag which was recovered from devices belonging to Dymock
He told a jury the malicious activity included ‘people in the police or other agencies’ who were sympathetic to NA and seeking to protect his ex-girlfriend.
But he was found guilty of five charges of encouraging terrorism, two of fundraising for terrorism, four counts of disseminating terrorist publications, possessing a terrorist document, stirring up racial hatred and hatred based on sexual orientation, and possessing racially inflammatory material.
Dymock closed his eyes and shook his head as the verdicts were delivered, then looked to his parents, Stella and Dr David Dymock, a professor of dentistry at Bristol University, who he lives with in Bath, Somerset, in the public gallery.
The Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network
The Atomwaffen Division was founded in the US around 2013 with the aim of destroying civilisation in order to build a national socialist state.
Its UK offshoots were known as the Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN).
Jurors heard SRN was one of the organisations that filled the ‘dubious gap’ left after far-right group National Action was banned in 2016.
The homepage of the Neo-Nazi group SRN declared objective to be the destruction of ‘the system’ and ‘guide the European to his destiny’, before quoting Hitler.
SRN was banned in 2020.
With tears in his eyes he asked to say goodbye to his mother and father before he was taken down to the cells, telling jurors: ‘Thank you for killing me’, while his mother said: ‘National Action has done this.’
Dymock was remanded in custody by Judge Mark Dennis QC until sentencing on June 24.
Prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward earlier told jurors he was not being prosecuted for holding racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic beliefs, or for his ‘adherence to a neo-Nazi creed’.
She said: ‘Rather, he is facing prosecution for his encouragement of terrorist activity, of violence, as a means to shape society in accordance with his beliefs, rather than through free speech and democracy.’
An examination of Dymock’s computer revealed longstanding extremist views dating back to when he was aged 17, including a Google translation of the words ‘Kill all of the Jews’.
In summer 2017 posters showing racist and homophobic propaganda sprang up in at least 10 cities across Britain, including in Dundee, Southampton, Newport and Cambridge.
It was designed to intimidate gay, Jewish, black and Muslim people and bore the logo of a new extremist group.
On October 8, 2017, he wrote about the creation of SRN on a right-wing webpage stating the group was ‘focused on building a group of loyal men, true to the cause of National Socialism and establishing the Fascist state through revolution’.
Ms Ledward said SRN was one of a small number of groups which filled a ‘dubious gap’ left following the proscription of far-right group National Action and was itself banned in 2020.
The members wore masks, which made it hard to identify them, but they are believed to retain links to NA.
There was also a connection to US-based group Atomwaffen Division as the two terror cells promoted each other.
An image released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East is shown of a person wearing a top (right) similar to one which was recovered from Dymock’s home
Atomwaffen has been connected with five killings over the Atlantic and uses the most violent part of the white-power canon.
It then mixes it with Satanist-occult beliefs to portray an idea of an apocalyptic societal crash to come.
Dymock was known as Blitz, which was a name also linked to National Action – though this has never been cemented.
Jurors heard how Dymock was expelled from SRN in late February 2018, when the Blitz also split with the group.
He made an even extremer version of SRN called Sonnenkrieg Division, which looked up to Moors murderer Ian Brady and Charles Manson.
The group posted horrendous material online including for women and children to be raped and Prince Harry to be shot for marrying Meghan Markle.
Blitz even wrote in one chat Adolf Hitler should have been ashamed for ‘not slaughtering the subhuman British at Dunkirk’, the BBC reported.
Dymock, from Bath, Somerset, allegedly joined white supremacist groups Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN) between 2017 and 2018
Other comments included lowering sexual consent to 12 and police officers should be raped and killed.
SKD was said to have been set up as a European outfit for the Atomwaffen Division.
Leeds student Michael Szewczuk, who was in the group, said a woman he told to cut a Swastika into her body ‘can’t even carve her own skin properly’.
Despite their identities being concealed, the Blitz was one who left clues as to who he was.
He said he came from the west country, was in a ‘very wealthy tourist town’, released a date he was going to the US to meet Atomwaffen, said his ‘parents pay for everything’ and mentioned shopping at Morrisons.
But the biggest clue was his bedsheets, with the Neo-Nazi posting a picture in one chat of a book resting on the rainbow sheets.
They were also visible in other pictures he shared online, including one of himself and of a girl naked on the floor holding a document over her.
Dymock was arrested at Gatwick Airport in connection with other matters, where he had intended to board a flight to America in June 2018.
Police found in his luggage extreme right-wing literature including Siege, an anthology of pro-Nazi essays written by James Mason, and Mein Kampf, along with clothing bearing neo-Nazi logos.
He also had books, flags, clothes and badges with links to the extreme right wing in his bedroom at home and university.
Dymock claimed he was ‘set up’ by others, and that material linking him to content on the SRN website and Twitter account was ‘planted in his possession without his knowledge’.
He denied being a neo-Nazi and told police: ‘In fact, I am bisexual but lean towards being homosexual, in direct conflict with Nazism.’
And he told jurors he had the Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto – along with books on Satanism – for ‘research’ on right-wing populism.
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