Neo-Nazi convicted of planning machete attack on gay bar

 

Ethan Stables, 20, a right-wing extremist has been convicted of a terror offence after plotting to kill people at an LGBT event at the New Empire pub in Barrow-in-Furness in June 2017.

When he was arrested on his way to the pub, he was unarmed but police later found an axe and a machete at home, as well as a Nazi flag.

Police had been tipped off following posts he had made on Facebook saying that he was “going to war” and that he intended to “slaughter every single one of those gay bastards”.

The jury was also shown a video of him burning a rainbow flag and saying, “Gays look nice on fire.”

Stables told the court that he was bisexual and that he has an autism spectrum condition. He also claimed that he had been “brain-washed” by right-wing extremists while on a trip to Germany.

He was found guilty of preparing an act of terrorism, threats to kill and possessing explosive.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Monday.