White supremacist jailed for ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

27th Sep 2019

Harun Nasrullah

A white supremacist behind the ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ campaign has been jailed for 12 and a half years on September 3. David Parnham, who called himself ‘Muslim Slayer’ had sent packages containing fake anthrax.

The Old Bailey heard the 36-year-old had launched several waves of malicious letters targeting mosques, the Queen and politicians including David Cameron and Theresa May.

He admitted offences including soliciting murder, encouraging crime, bomb and noxious substance hoaxes and sending letters with intent to cause distress.In early 2018, a series of typed “Punish A Muslim Day” letters were sent out to encourage violence on the date of an American white supremacist’s birthday.

Parnham, of St Andrew’s Close in Lincoln, was caught through DNA, handwriting and fingerprints on the letters after an investigation by counter terror police. The ‘Punish a Muslim Da’ campaign sparked an increase in Islamophobic attacks in Britain.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: “This case has affected a substantial number of victims and its impact has been felt across the country and overseas.

Religious hate crime rises 40 per cent in England and Wales – with more than half directed at Muslims.“Our investigation showed that Parnham acted alone and lacked both the ability and the means to carry out the threats he had made. Nevertheless, the abusive, racist and threatening language used in the letters was deeply concerning and created considerable distress which cannot be underestimated.”

Parnham started his campaign in July 2016, when he sent a hoax letter containing white powder to targets including then Prime Minister David Cameron, saying ‘Allah is great’.

Only 11 letters were delivered, while seven were intercepted at a postal depot in Sheffield and sparked a police investigation. Four months later, Parnham posted more letters containing white powder to the Queen, Theresa May, bishops and the Home Office.A Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear response was launched over fears the packages contained anthrax, causing some staff to be quarantined for hours as the substance was tested.

In December 2016, Parnham sent a fan letter to Dylann Roof, a white supremacist terrorist who murdered nine black victims at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. He told Roof: “I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes. Ever since you carried out what I’d call the ‘cleansing’ I’ve felt differently about what you’d call ‘racial awareness’.”

Parnham wrote: “My main reason for disgust is Muslims. I hate these animals with a passion. I sent letters with white powder to some mosques in London they had to close down parliament because of it.”

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