A young Nazi sympathizer who downloaded nearly 70,000 white supremacist documents and instructions for making bombs was ordered by a judge at Leicester Crown Court to read classic novels like “Pride and Prejudice” to avoid going to jail, reported local media.
Judge Timothy Spencer told Ben John, 21, to stay away from white supremacist literature and read books and plays by Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens.
John, a former criminology student at De Montfort University, has been identified as a terrorist potentialFor the first time, a few days after his 18th birthday and was referred to the “Prevent” program, he however continued to upload documents from the right.
In August of this year, it was declared guilty by a jury of have documents homemade weapons, explosives and combat, information which could be useful in preparing an act of terrorism, a sentence that could lead to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
However, Judge Spencer concluded that his crime was probably “An act of adolescent madness“and called him a” lonely individual with few true friends “, and that he is” very sensitive “to negative influences.
Spencer made the accused promise to stop investigating right-wing documents and recommended that he begin his readings with Dickens’ “Pride and Prejudice”, “The Tale of Two Cities” and “Twelfth Night” by Shakespeare.
According to the sentence, the young man will have to return to court every four months for the judge to give him a reading test after having “narrowly” avoided prison, in the words of his lawyer, Harry Bentley.
“On January 4, you will tell me what you have read and I will put you to the test. I will test you and if I think you lie to me you will suffer“, Warned the judge.
In addition to his promise to read, John was given a two-year conditional sentence, plus a year of supervised parole and a five-year crime prevention order, requiring him to keep in touch and leave the police behind. monitor your activities.
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