A politics student who ordered Neo-Nazi flags emblazoned with the logo of a far-right terror group told a court today they were for his airsoft team.
Andrew Dymock, from Bath, Somerset, allegedly joined white supremacist groups Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN) between 2017 and 2018.
Both groups are inspired by the bloodthirsty ideology of the book Siege by American neo-Nazi James Mason whose writings Dymock is said to have posted online.
Dymock, 24, allegedly created and updated the neo-Nazi website ‘The Lion Rises’ and posted virulent antisemitic content to SRN’s Twitter account.
But Dymock claimed that all the far-right material he had amassed linked to research for his dissertation or planted there by an ex-girlfriend.
Giving evidence Dymock claimed the flags he had ordered from China ‘was not produced for the purpose of Nazism’ and were in fact for his ‘European polytheistic’ airsoft team – airsoft being shooting game similar to paintballing.
Andrew Dymock, from Bath, Somerset, allegedly joined white supremacist groups Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN) between 2017 and 2018
A day after receiving the flags in March 2018, Dymock, his girlfriend and another man were photographed on a rooftop in Woolwich holding the flag and other far-right banners.
Dymock claimed he had been ‘pressured’ into doing the photoshoot by the-then 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named, and was under the influence of codeine at the time.
He claimed he ‘didn’t think much’ of the fact that his girlfriend, who used to be a member of SRN, brought a flag identical to the ones he had just had delivered from Wuhan.
Jocelyn Ledward, prosecuting, told him: ‘You must have been rather shocked when did that.’
Dymock replied: ‘Not really. In regards to the actual Nazi flags, yes, but not in regards to the tri-solar flag.’
He claimed the photoshoot where he posed wearing a skull mask was ‘the biggest mistake of his life’ and that he was ‘sorry’.
Pictured: Image released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a skull mask which was sent via an electronic device used by Andrew Dymock
The politics student who ordered Neo-Nazi flags emblazoned with the logo of a far-right terror group told a court today they were his airsoft team. Pictured: Jurors were previously shown an image of a figure holding a swastika flag which was recovered from devices belonging to Dymock
Dymock told police that a picture where he is shown making a Nazi salute next to a graffiti reading ‘smoke meth’ was ‘just an edgy joke’.
‘Having made this terrible mistake, why did you keep these pictures on your telephone,’ asked the prosecutor.
Dymock replied: ‘I think I had deleted them and then they got recovered.’
He claimed he had included those pictures in his dissertation after being inspired by a PHD student who had infiltrated the far-right group Generation Identity.
‘She infiltrated them and she reported on the activities of these people.
‘I was kind of doing the same thing,’ said Dymock.
The Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network
The Atomwaffen Division was founded in the US around 2013 with the aim of destroying civilisation in order to build a national socialist state.
Its UK offshoots were known as the Sonnenkrieg Division and System Resistance Network (SRN).
Jurors heard SRN was one of the organisations that filled the ‘dubious gap’ left after far-right group National Action was banned in 2016.
The homepage of the Neo-Nazi group SRN declared objective to be the destruction of ‘the system’ and ‘guide the European to his destiny’, before quoting Hitler.
SRN was banned in 2020.
Ms Ledward said: ‘The biggest mistake you made you now decided it was an infiltration and you decided to capitalise on it?’
‘It was turning a mistake into something that could be slightly useful,’ said Dymock.
Dymock denied posting the article The Truth about the Holocaust which contained a quote by Hinduist Neonazi Savitri Devi.
But jurors were told that Dymock had noted an exact quote featured in the article in his phone a few days prior to its publication.
He further denied being behind the author of a tweet in the SRN account reading ‘Wallt ihr den totalen Krieg?’ (do you want total war) featuring a poster of Hitler chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
‘To me it seems like a jokey tweet. It doesn’t seem very terroristy,’ said Dymock.
‘I do not understand why quoting Goebbels is terrorism.’
Among the material recovered in Dymock’s USB was a poster saying: ‘Refugee Scum, F*** Off! Keep Britain White! Join your local Nazis’ linking to the Lion Rises website.
The prosecutor asked him: ‘Do you agree, Mr Dymock, it is deliberately abusive and insulting towards refugees?’
Dymock said ‘absolutely’ agreed but denied intended to display or publish it to stir up racial hatred.
‘I take great offence of being accused of wanting to post that.
‘My mother is a refugee, she had to flee Cyprus when the Turks invaded,’ he insisted.
He further denied knowledge of drafts of Neo-Nazi articles found in his possession, claiming they must have been ‘put there’ by someone else.
Giving evidence Dymock claimed the flags he had ordered were for his ‘European polytheistic’ airsoft team. Pictured: Image released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of a person wearing a top (right) similar to one which was recovered from Dymock’s home
The court was told that Dymock held ‘long-standing right wing views’ with Internet searched for extreme bigoted content going back as early as 2014 when he was around 17.
Dymock denies being behind the online activity, claiming that he has been ‘set up’ by others.
He further claims the material found at his address were for ‘academic’ and personal interests reasons rather than terrorism purposes.
Dymock denies five counts of encouraging terrorism, four of disseminating terrorist publications, two of terrorist fundraising, one of possessing material useful to a terrorist, one of possessing racially inflammatory material, one of stirring up racial hatred, and one of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The trial continues.