Member of proscribed group jailed for three years
A member of National Action, a proscribed Neo-Nazi terror group has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment, with an extended period on licence of 12 months, after pleading guilty to membership of a proscribed organisation contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
David Musins, 36, was sentenced today (27 May 2022) at the Old Bailey after admitting his guilt at an earlier hearing.
Nick Price, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: “David Musins continued to associate with members of a banned right-wing group which perpetrated hateful and racist views. It is right that faced with the evidence against him he admitted this offence and has been sentenced today.
“There is no place in society for these beliefs. Our team at the CPS has prosecuted a number of National Action cases since it became a proscribed organisation, and we will continue to prosecute all cases involving banned organisations where possible.”
National Action was a racist neo-Nazi group established in 2013. When Jo Cox MP was murdered in June 2016, the North East chapter of National Action openly celebrated her killing and expressed support for her killer, Thomas Mair, on social media. The group was added to the list of organisations proscribed under UK law by the Home Secretary on 16 December 2016. National Action participated in a range of protest activity, including demonstrations and marches.
Notes to editors
On 4 February 2022, David Musins (DOB: 4/3/1986) was charged with one offence contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000 of belonging to National Action between the 17 December 2016 and 31 August 2017
David Musins pleaded guilty to belonging to a proscribed organisation during a hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday, March 14.
- The CPS Counter Terrorism Division is responsible for prosecuting all terrorism crimes and terrorist related offences in England and Wales. Terrorism offences are distinct from other types of crime in that individuals who commit them have political, religious racial and/or ideological motivations. The team works alongside specialist Counter Terrorism police.