Student berated by father over British fascist documentary, court told

Andrew Dymock allegedly promoted the extremist group System Resistance Network through a Twitter account before it was banned.

Student berated by father over British fascist documentary, court told

A neo-Nazi student was rebuffed by his academic father for emailing him about a prominent British fascist, a court has heard.

Andrew Dymock, 23, is on trial accused of a string of terrorism offences relating to the alleged promotion of the extreme right-wing group System Resistance Network (SRN) before it was banned.

On Tuesday, jurors were shown email exchanges between Dymock and his parents Stella and Dr David Dymock who he lived with in Bath, Somerset.

On May 1 2017, he sent them an email with the subject “Watch this”.

It contained a link to a YouTube video entitled Oswald Mosley Documentary – Multiculturalism, which has since been removed.

Dr Dymock replied requesting his son not to send “any of your political stuff to my work email account because I work in a multicultural institution, am proud to do so, and believe in the values of that institution.

“I would hate anyone who might see my emails to think that I sympathised with fascist views in any way.”

The email was signed off “Love, Dad”.

In her reply, Mrs Dymock wrote: “Not what I expected. Thoroughly illuminating.”

Jurors heard the response referenced hedge fund managers and bankers and was signed “Love Mum”.

Dr Dymock attended court by video link to watch the prosecution case against his son at the Old Bailey.

Earlier, the court heard how the defendant was responsible for a string of anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist and anti-Muslim tweets from an SRN account.

Images that were included in the posts were later matched to those recovered from devices seized from Dymock’s bedroom, the court was told.

On November 11 2017, a tweet featuring an image of a German SS soldier hailed those who fought for “Europe’s freedom against Jewish Bolshevism and Capitalism”.

It stated: “Their sacrifice shall not be in vain. Hail victory. #11November #RemembranceDay.”

Andrew Dymock
Dymock denies being behind the accounts (Ian West/PA)

It was followed three days later with a tweet stating the “fascist state should be achieved through blood and black printer ink” which was retweeted twice and liked 32 times.

By December 19 2018, the SRN Twitter account had displayed a total of 75 posts and had 650 followers, jurors heard.

Dymock has denied setting up and controlling the SRN Twitter account and website and claimed he was “set up”.

He has denied five charges of encouraging terrorism, two of funding terrorism, stirring up racial hatred and hatred based on sexual orientation, four counts of disseminating terrorist publications, possessing a terrorist document and possessing racially inflammatory material.

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