‘Nazi sympathizer’, 24, began assembling homemade submachine gun in his Leamington Spa garage ‘to kill Jews’, hears court
- Ben Stiles is accused of posting to an online group called “Kill All Jews”.
- The 24-year-old B-tec student told friends that the Holocaust was “goofy”.
- He is said to have told friends that he hoped the Holocaust would be “real next time”.
An alleged Nazi sympathizer began assembling a homemade submachine gun in his garage to fulfill his “mission” of participating in a religious war against Jews and other right-wing terrorist targets.
The Crown Court of Birmingham heard from Ben Styles in an online group called “#Kill All the Jewish” and called the Holocaust “goofy” to friends, adding: “I hope next time the Holocaust will be real.”
Prosecutors allege the 24-year-old, who has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Warwickshire College, told his friend he was “just getting as strong as you can get for war” and posted a picture of his phone’s lock screen, which had swastika images on it. On him.
Ben Styles is being accused of posting to an online group called “Kill All Jews” as heard by Birmingham Crown Court.
Referring to the lock screen, the defendant allegedly told his friend, “Waking up and seeing this lock screen to start your day is much more important than some inhuman NHS flapper yelling at me about elementary school history.”
The court heard that in the 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand bombing, messages were also recovered from Stiles saying, “I just got back from New Zealand – that made me super racist.” Then it happened and I had a good day.”
Opening the case against Styles on Friday, prosecutor Matthew Brooke said: “When you all came into court and looked at the defendant, you might well be thinking to yourself, ‘I wonder what he’s on trial for?’
“Then you were told that this was a terrorism trial.
“I don’t know, but I suspect it might surprise you, because most of us unconsciously think in stereotypes, and I suspect that the defendant, Ben Styles, looks nothing like what you would expect from a terrorist.
“In all trials, jurors are asked to drop stereotypes and decide on a case based on the evidence they hear. This case is no different.
Brook said a police search of the defendant’s Leamington Spa garage found the bottom and top of a homemade submachine gun, as well as store-bought blanks, along with manuals that “showed the reader how to turn blanks into live live rounds.” “. .
The prosecutor said officers also found a Nazi fitness manual and a book titled “The SS Family Annually – SS Family Holidays.”
Mr. Brook continued: “In this case, the evidence will prove that defendant Ben Stiles fully believed in far-right ideology.
“This is a twisted ideology of the Nazis and white supremacy.
“The evidence will show that the defendant collected on an encrypted USB drive instructions on how to assemble weapons and how to make live ammunition.
“When the police ransacked his home on February 15 last year, they found that he had carefully and carefully followed the instructions in one of these manuals and was on his way to making a homemade submachine gun.
“He also started making ammunition.
He also wrote a manifesto in which he said he spoke of “working to fulfill his mission” and outlining his views on engaging in a religious war against the Jews and other far-right terrorist targets.
“The evidence will show, prove that the defendant was preparing to commit a terrorist act.”
Stiles of Plymouth Place, Leamington Spa, denies planning a terrorist attack.
The trial continues.