Racist who called for murder of Muslims and Labour leader jailed

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An extremist who posted online messages calling for Muslims to be put on bonfires and said he would kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if he came to power has been jailed for 16 months today (9 August).

Jonathan Jennings, 34, had earlier pleaded guilty to publishing material intended to stir up religious hatred and sending material with the intention of causing distress and anxiety.

Between March and August last year, Jennings from Carmarthenshire, South Wales, posted a number of messages on a social networking website known as GAB. Many of them targeted Muslims, public figures and one threated the Jewish community.

The online posts called for Muslims to be forcibly sterilised and those who tried to convert others to Islam should be sentenced to death. He repeatedly called for the murder of all Muslims and supported “bomb a mosque day” which had been suggested by another extremist who was later jailed.

Another message stated that Hitler was born a 100 years too soon and all Muslims should be gassed.

Jennings also threatened public figures. In March 2017 he called Gina Miller – who led a legal challenge against Brexit - a traitor and called for her to be executed. A few months later he said if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister he would be first in line to “Jo Cox him” referring to the murder of the MP by a right-wing extremist in June 2016.

He went on to threaten the Jewish community saying if they did not behave themselves they would share the same fate as Muslims.

He pleaded guilty on 20 July and was sentenced on 9 August at Swansea Crown Court.

Deb Walsh from the CPS said: “Jonathan Jennings’ hatred of Muslims led him to post online messages stirring up animosity towards a whole community.

“He did not limit himself to expressing his views but called on others to indiscriminately kill Muslims and bomb mosques.

“Jennings also targeted the Jewish community and called for public figures whose views he did not like to be executed.

“The prison sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes”.

Notes to editors

  • Jonathan Jennings (DOB: 26/02/1984) pleaded guilty to:
    • Six counts of publishing or distributing written material intended to stir up religious hatred, contrary to section 29C of the Public Order Act 1986
    • Four counts of sending communication with intent to cause distress or anxiety, contrary to section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988
  • Nigel Pelham was sentenced to 20 months in prison in June 2017 after pleading guilty to eight counts of publishing threatening written material intending to stir up religious hatred against Muslims on his Facebook account. This included calling for “bomb a mosque day”.
  • Deb Walsh is deputy head of counter-terrorism in the Crown Prosecution Service.

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