Neo-Nazi group teen found with Nazi dagger, Swastika armband and SS hat
A member of a banned white supremacist group has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences.
Luca Benincasa, 19, is the first person to be convicted of belonging to the Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) since the far-right organisation was banned in July 2020.
A Nazi dagger and SS officer’s hat were among items discovered in his bedroom in Cardiff during a police raid.
Appearing at Winchester Crown Court on Friday, Benincasa pleaded guilty to membership of the FKD and four counts of collecting information likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism on or before February 1 2022.
The banned terrorist group, which primarily exists online, is said to promote violence and mass murder in the pursuit of a race war.
SS officer’s uniform and Swastika armband
A flag depicting the logo of the SS, Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary organisation, was hanging on Benincasa’s bedroom wall alongside a fascist Italian flag when police conducted a raid on February 1 this year.
Parts of an SS officer’s uniform, including a hat and Swastika armband, were also seized along with items of camouflage clothing, a tactical vest and masks.
Benincasa’s laptop was found to contain extreme right-wing literature and documents, including instructions on security and how to make explosives and poisons.
Judge Jane Miller QC remanded Benincasa in custody as she adjourned sentencing to September 20.