Man accused of mosque terror attack plot had swastikas in bedroom, court hears

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Sam Imrie is accused of posting statements online, suggesting he planned to attack the Fife Islamic Center in Glenrothes

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The wall of a man’s bedroom in the trial of a man accused of plotting an attack on a mosque had a swastika and numbers “extremely right-wing meaning” written on it, a court has heard.


Sam Imrie has been accused of posting statements on social media platforms Wire suggesting that he was going to attack the Fife Islamic Center in Glenroths.

The 24-year-old has also been accused of planning to stream live footage of “an incident”.

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giving evidence high Court In Edinburgh On Friday, DC Kevin Paterson, who works with Police Scotland’s counter-terrorism unit, said the wall of Imrie’s bedroom had a swastika and the numbers 14 and 88 in chalk.

Asked about the symbolism of the numbers, DC Paterson told the court: “14 is widely seen as a white supremacist number; It’s a number attached to a 14-word sentence about the safety of white people and their children.”

He continued: “Eight has an equally right-wing connotation. Eight becomes the double HH that could stand for Hitler.”

DC Paterson also told of a ring found during a police search in a bedroom that belonged to Imrie.

Describing the design of the ring in court, he said: “I think it’s called the Black Sun,” he said, adding, “I’ve seen similar designs in right-wing art.”

Manifesto of Brenton Tarrant who killed 51 people in two mosques New Zealand In 2019, was found in Imri’s bedroom.

DC Paterson was asked to read aloud the part of the document that contained offensive language Muslim Community.

Earlier, the court heard that Imrie had been taken to the Fife Islamic Center at Poplar Road, Glenroths, where he had recorded on his phone to “observe” the area in possession of a can of petrol.

The jurors heard that he repeatedly attempted to reach the center and posted statements on Telegram indicating that he was going to attack the building.

He is also alleged to have intentionally set fire to a gate and entrance to Strathor Lodge and a headstone at St Drosten’s cemetery, Markinch, Fife.

The jurors heard that Imrie has been charged with possessing nunchucks, a hammer, a baseball bat, a rifle scope and several knives, which were found at the property where Imrie is said to have lived.

Among other charges, Imri has been accused of possessing neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material and excessive pornography, including pornographic images of children and an image attached to a human corpse.

It was also said that he was found in possession of audio files and texts that “glorified terrorism” and works including “The Great Replacement” by Brenton Tarrant.

Imri has also been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in July 2019.

He denies all nine charges against him – three of which fall under the Terrorism Act.

The trial continues before Lord Mulholland.


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