Computer found in bedroom of Scots terror plan accused 'held 1000s of hate images'

By Alan McEwen

A computer found in the bedroom of a Scot accused of planning to live stream a terrorist attack contained “thousands” of hate group images, a trial heard.

Sam Imrie, 24, is accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and suggesting online that he planned to attack the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.

His trial at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday heard a Snapchat account on the Apple Mac had the name ‘racewarplz’.

Among the images said to be recovered was a photo of US pop star Taylor Swift, which had been digitally altered to emblazon ‘SS’ on her vest top and swastikas on her glasses.

Indecent images of children were also found on the computer, the jury was told.

Witness Robert Steer, a cyber crime team leader in digital forensics with Police Scotland, said he’d examined devices found in Imrie’s Glenrothes bedroom on July 6 2019 including an iPhone 5, Apple Mac computer, Samsung phone, and USB stick.

Mr Steer said the Mac had a single user account with the chosen name ‘n***erkiller’.

He said he’d found “thousands” of images linked to anti-black, anti-Jewish, and other hate groups on the machine.

Mr Steer said the types of hate groups represented were “across a broad spectrum”.

The Mac contained 104 audio files with Mr Steer telling the jury a “majority of which related to Nazism” including Holocaust denial.

Documents found included a “manifesto” by terrorist Anders Breivik, a “manifesto” entitled ‘The Great Replacement’ by terrorist Brenton Tarrant, two copies of ‘Mein Kampf’ by Adolf Hitler, and a 266-page guide on knife-making.

It also held more than 100 videos, he said, which had a pro-Nazi, anti-black, anti-Muslim, or anti-refugee stance.

Various copies of the live stream video filmed by Tarrant as he carried out the 2019 Christchurch mosques mass shootings in New Zealand were on the Mac.

Mr Steer said two Snapchat accounts on the computer had the chosen names ‘n***erkiller148’ and ‘racewarplz’.

He said Amazon searches were on the Mac for a ‘GoPro’ camera and ‘jerry can’ on June 26 2019, and ‘hidden camera' on June 28 that year.

Mr Steer said 29 indecent images of children were found, with one at Category B level and 28 at Category C.

Imrie, who denies all nine charges against him, is accused of publishing or causing another person to publish statements, images and video footage on Facebook and internet platform Telegram glorifying terrorist acts committed by Tarrant and Breivik.

He is accused of posting statements on Telegram indicating he planned to stream live footage of “an incident” and posting statements suggesting he was going to carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre.

Prosecutors allege Imrie collected information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism between June 20 and July 4 2019.

Imrie is accused of possessing child pornography between June 15 and July 5 2019.

The trial continues.


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