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Man sentenced to five years imprisonment for terrorism and hate crime offences

23/02/2017

Sean Creighton has today been sentenced to five years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to a string of terrorism and hate crime offences at Kingston Crown Court.

Creighton used his social media account to stir up racial, religious and homophobic hatred, including one post which called on his followers to kill Muslims. Creighton also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of terrorist material, after the White Resistance Manual was found on his computer.

Sue Hemming of the CPS said: "Sean Creighton's crimes are indicative of a man who thought that his online anonymity meant that he could get away with stirring up hatred of all kinds.

"Tackling hate crime is a CPS priority and in 2015/16 we prosecuted more hate crimes than ever before. Those who seek to stir up hatred between communities, particularly where that hatred is combined with dangerous terrorist ideologies, should understand they will be prosecuted."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Details of conviction:
    • One count of Possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to s58 Terrorism Act 2000.
    • Six counts of Publishing or distributing written material, contrary to s19 Public Order Act 1986.
  2. Sue Hemming is the head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS
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