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Neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw jailed for life over plot to kill his MP | UK News



Neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw has been jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years over a politically-motivated plot to kill his MP Rosie Cooper.

In June last year, Renshaw pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism after planning to kill Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a 19in (48cm) Gladius knife.

In a victim impact statement read at the Old Bailey during the sentencing hearing today, Mrs Cooper said the threat had seemed like “something out of a horror movie”.

The plot was scuppered after Renshaw announced his intentions at a meeting in a pub in July 2017.

Robbie Mullen, from Widnes, Cheshire, had been at the meeting and shared the details with campaign group Hope Not Hate, later saying the move had changed his life but that he “had no other choice”.

In a statement after the sentencing, Mrs Cooper said: “My deepest wish is that this case is the last occasion when any public servant, any politician, has their life threatened for simply doing their job.

“I believe today justice has been served. Not for me personally, but for every MP and public servant, and for our democratic way of life which affords us the privilege of free speech, without fear of violent retribution.”

As well as the terrorism charge, Renshaw also pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill police officer Victoria Henderson, who had been investigating him for grooming young boys for sex.

Sentencing Renshaw, Mrs Justice McGowan said: “Your perverted view of history and current politics has caused you to believe it right to demonise groups simply because they are different from you.

“This is a case in which only a sentence of life imprisonment can meet the appalling seriousness of your offending.”

Renshaw, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, was jailed last June for 16 months after he groomed two underage boys online.

He also received a three-year prison sentence two months earlier when he was found guilty of stirring up racial hatred after he called for the genocide of Jewish people.

Renshaw denied being a member of the banned right-wing National Action group and a jury last year was unable to reach a verdict on that charge, with prosecutors saying in April that there would be no re-trial.

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