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Racist who called for 'Burn a Mosque Day' jailed

Credit: South Wales Police

A racist who called on followers for a “Burn a Mosque Day” has been jailed.

Jonathan Jennings, 34, used a social media site to spread racial hatred to his followers where he called for Muslims to be “sterilised” and be “hunted down”.

Soon after the bombings in Manchester, Jennings changed his profile name to “Muslim Slayer”.

He admitted posting messages telling his followers that it would be "a good idea" if there was a "Burn a Mosque Day".

Jennings said Muslims should be placed on top of bonfires and that Hitler "had been born 100 years too early".

On another occasion he applauded a racist attacker who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, causing her to lose her baby. Jennings described the attacker as a “national hero”.

When Jennings was told he was to be interviewed by police, he threw a brick at the Police Station in Ammanford.

Thomas Scapens, prosecuting, said: “In his police interview he said it was his moral right to post these comments”

Jennings even launched an attack on Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, posting on social media platform Gab that he’d be “first in line to #JoCox him”, referencing the murder of the MP in 2016.

Jonathan Jennings was filmed in 2014 at a protest in Swansea Credit: ITV Wales

David Singh, defending explained that Jennings had been suffering from Aspergers from a young age.

He added: “The references that have been submitted paint a very different side to Jennings and show a great level of support from where you now reside.”

Judge Geraint Walter described the case as “very troubling indeed.”

He said: “You need to understand that in this country we pride ourselves on our ability to speak freely.

“But that right comes with a level of responsibility.

“Your comments come into serious conflict with our right to live in peace and without fear.”

Jennings, from Brynaman, Carmarthenshire, pleaded guilty to 10 charges including threats against Muslims, Jews and members of the Labour Party.

He was sentenced to 16 months in jail.

We are committed to tackling all forms of extremism which has the potential to threaten public safety and security. Such was the strength of evidence of Jennings’ activities that he entered guilty pleas to all of the offences.

There have been a number of successful prosecutions over recent years and this is testament to the work of police teams up and down the country.

Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. To effectively combat the terrorism threat the police, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.

– Detective Superintendent Jim Hall, Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit