Five men in court after covering Aston Uni in swastika stickers and making Nazi-salutes
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Five men plastered Aston University’s campus with racist stickers including ones depicting swastikas and others bearing the messages “White Zone” and "Britain is ours - the rest must go", Birmingham Crown Court heard yesterday.
The men are currently on trial for inciting racial hatred and while they admit to putting the stickers up on July 9, 2016, they deny the charge against them.
Defendants Garry Jack, 22, Chad Williams-Allen, 26, Dean Lloyd, 27, along with two other men who cannot be named, are all believed to have been members of right-wing group National Action at the time.
Opening the prosecution case on Thursday (April 26), Kelly Brocklehurst told jurors: "When you are faced with something that says White Zone and the image of somebody with a raised right arm, stickers with swastikas, we say how can that not be threatening, abusive or at very least insulting?" Adding, there was "likely no dispute about what they did, the dispute is likely about why they did it".
Jurors were shown an email from one of the accused which refers to getting a reaction from "butt-hurt" students. Along with this email, which Mr Brocklehurst argues is “a clear indication” the men were attempting to gain a reaction to something which is “abusive” and "threatening", jurors saw a photo of the men posing in front of Aston University with two of them making a Nazi-style salute and the others holding a National Action flag.
In addition to the email and photo, the jury were also told how police seized an electronic device belonging to one of the unnamed defendants which allegedly had images on with messages which read: "Hitler was right" and "bring back apartheid".
The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.