A TEENAGER who helped form an extreme neo-Nazi group that wanted to overthrow the Government has been convicted of possessing terrorist manuals.
Nicky Davison, a former milkman’s assistant, helped set up the Aryan Strike Force, and said he was prepared to “die fighting” for the far right group.
The group talked of “overthrowing” the Government, because they believed it had been taken over by Jews.
After a two-week trial at Newcastle Crown Court the 19-year-old was convicted of all the charges he faced.
A jury of nine men and three women took just 50 minutes to find him unanimously guilty of three charges of possessing a record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing for acts of terrorism. The documents found on two computers at the County Durham home Davison shared with his mother and siblings, called The Anarchist’s Cookbook and The Poor Man’s James Bond, included details on how to make deadly ricin and how to make bombs and other explosives.
His father Ian Davison, 41, of Myrtle Grove, Burnopfield, County Durham, pleaded guilty earlier this year to preparing for acts of terrorism and producing a chemical weapon (ricin).
Davison bowed his head as the guilty verdicts were read out. His mother wept in the public gallery.
Following the guilty verdict against Nicky Davison, Judge John Milford asked defence barrister Peter Carter QC if he could see any argument for a non-custodial sentence, to which Mr Carter replied “No”.
The court heard Ian Davison had set up the Aryan Strike Force website, which his son helped to run, in January 2008, and the group were, “in the early stages of becoming active”.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the jury that Davison jnr was “associated, with other people, as part of an organisation, preparing to do ops, in other words paramilitary activity”.
Mr Edis said Davison jnr was, “Clearly an influential figure in the creation and development of the Aryan Strike Force website”.
He added: “Its purpose was to form a group and inform the group so it would be inspired to activity.
“Also to form and inform a group to engage in propaganda, but also interest in violence of different forms and to advance the aims of white supremacy in these islands.
“They wanted to resist ZOG, which stood for Zionist Occupied Government.
“They are fighting against the Government because they believe it has been taken over by Jews, so it must be resisted by those interested in white supremacy.”
Mr Edis said members of the group, who were also known to call themselves Legion 88 or the Wolfpack, were not simply, “keyboard warriors.”
Mr Edis told the jury: “They wanted to do ‘ops’.”
He added that Davison wrote on the group’s website: “I know my aims. I don’t care if I am fighting a unwinnable battle. I would rather die fighting than let the scum of the earth walk over us.”
The jury was also shown videos that had been posted to the Wolfpack website, a subsite to the Aryan Strike Force site.
One shows images depicting the fall of the British Empire interspersed with images of terrorist atrocities, including the attack on the Twin Towers in New York.
A second, shot in Cumbria and aimed at recruiting more members, shows a group of balaclava-clad men holding Nazi flags and making ‘Heil Hitler’ salutes.
The prosecution did not allege that Davison jnr had any involvement in producing or possessing ricin.
Davison, of Grampian Court, Annfield Plain, County Durham, used the screen name Thorburn1488 when chatting with others on the website.
The prosecution alleged the numbers related to the “14 words of David Lane, the American white supremacist” and the code for Heil Hitler, 88.
Ian Davison has admitted the same charges as his son was convicted for along with preparing for acts of terrorism and producing ricin. Ricin is a protein toxin that is extracted from the castor bean (Ricinus communis). It can cause severe allergic reactions, and exposure to small quantities can be fatal. The defendant denied any knowledge of the documents and the court heard a “mischievous” friend downloaded them. In his defence, he said he joined the group to please his racist father. The Davisons will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on May 14. Judge John Milford remanded Davison in custody and he was taken away after hugging his weeping mother in the public gallery.
They are fighting against the Government because they believe it has been taken over by Jews