Man jailed for sharing “how to kill disbelievers” video

|News, Terrorism

A man who sent a text message containing a link to an extremist instructional video on how to kill someone using knives has been jailed for 16 months.

Christopher Soares, 28, was sentenced on 28 February after being found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of disseminating information that could have given encouragement to someone planning a terror attack.

Soares of Walsall sent the message to another man in December 2016 with a link to the graphic footage posted by Daesh.

The 29-minute video features a man handcuffed to a piece of concrete while a masked man in military fatigues discusses which style of knife to use when killing someone.  

Using the prisoner as a model he then indicates the areas of the body to stab and slash a person to death. A second masked man then comes into shot and is filmed brutally killing the prisoner with a knife.

It also has a detailed demonstration of how to make homemade explosive material and a man making an inflammatory speech urging others to commit violent jihad. The video features English subtitles.  

Soares was arrested and his home searched on 12 June 2017 when police became aware that he had accessed violent Islamist material. Five mobile phones and seven sim cards were among the items recovered from his property.

Sue Hemming from the CPS:

“Christopher Soares shared a link to a particularly violent video which the jury concluded could have assisted terrorists.

“This case shows once again the dangers of sharing extremist material.

“If the videos, images or words feature violent material that have the potential to encourage or help a terrorist then those who share them could be breaking the law and face prosecution.”

Notes to editors

  • Christopher Jesus Soares (dob 31/01/1990) was found guilty of one count of disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006. On 1 December 2016 he provided a service to others, namely sent a message with an electronic link, that enabled them to obtain, read, listen to or look at a terrorist publication and at the time of doing so was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct would be a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement, or would be the provision of assistance, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
  • Sue Hemming is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS.

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