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‘Fascist’ teenager hoped to print 3D firearm for violent revolution, court told


A teenage extremist who plotted to bring about a violent revolution “hated Jews and Muslims” and had a video of the Christchurch terror attack on his phone, the Old Bailey has heard.

Matthew Cronjager, 18, is on trial accused of preparing a terrorist attack and on Tuesday, jurors were told he had hoped to build weapons using a 3D printer.

Alistair Richardson, prosecuting, said the defendant had hoped to violently topple the Government in a revolution inspired by his racist ideology.

He is alleged to have prepared by making plans for a storage bunker for guns, as well as trying to build his own firearm.

Mr Richardson said the defendant provided instructions for the manufacture of a gun to an undercover police officer between October and December 2020.

He told the court: “As of 2019-20 he held radical, extreme Right-wing beliefs. To use his own word, fascist beliefs. He wanted to bring about a change of government by violence.

“He hated people of different colour skin. He hated Jews. He hated Muslims. He hated people of different sexual orientation to his own. He hated Asians who had sexual intercourse with white people.”

Stash of extremist propaganda found

On his arrest at his Essex home on December 29 2020, police seized a large amount of material demonstrating his commitment to an “extreme Right-wing cause”, jurors heard.

Cronjager allegedly downloaded a stash of extremist propaganda and manuals of “real and practical” assistance to terrorists, it was alleged.

In April 2019, he downloaded information about explosives, homemade silencers and firearms, jurors heard.

Four months later, he allegedly saved a video on his phone of the Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand.

Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist gunman, streamed footage of the March 2019 atrocity on the internet as he murdered 51 people and injured 40 others at two mosques.

The defendant also set up an “online library” for him and like-minded extremists to store propaganda and manuals, it was claimed.

Cronjager, of Ingatestone, Essex, denies engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts between October 31 and December 19.

He has pleaded not guilty to disseminating terrorist publications through “a library” on encrypted messaging app Telegram.

The court was told that Cronjager has admitted four other counts of having terrorist publications.

The trial is adjourned until Wednesday.


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