July 15, 2008

Hunt for race hate writer on run

Sheppard (drip on left) and Whittle (hairy bugger on right)
Police have launched a manhunt after a writer who penned race hate articles for a controversial website failed to turn up at court.

Stephen Whittle penned five offensive articles which appeared on the Internet, a jury was told. The unemployed 41-year-old, of Avenham Lane, Avenham, Preston, was found guilty of publishing racially inflammatory written material, and four similar charges.

A seven-week trial at Leeds Crown Court heard that Whittle wrote five offensive articles which later appeared on a website run by co-defendant Simon Sheppard, 51, of Brook Street in Selby, North Yorkshire. Prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford told the jury that Whittle used the pseudonym Luke O'Farrell for the articles, which were posted on the web between March 2005 and January 2006.

The articles were either threatening, insulting or abusive and may have been intended to stir up racial hatred, Mr Sandiford added. Previously, Mr Sandiford told the jury that Sheppard and Whittle held what they may regard as fairly extreme views about people who were Jewish, black, Asian, Chinese, Indian and, in reality, anyone who was not white.

He said: "People in this country are entitled to be racist and they are entitled to hold unpleasant points of view, but what they aren't entitled to do is publish or distribute written material which is insulting, threatening or abusive and is intended to stir up racial hatred or is likely to do so."

The court heard Sheppard's website attracts 4,000 visitors a day. Other articles on the same site included one written during the 1960s by the leader of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell.

Giving evidence, Whittle said the articles were not a "call to arms" but an attempt to "satirise political correctness, to turn it on its head". Sheppard was found guilty of 11 counts of publishing racially inflammatory written material.

He may face a retrial, however, as the jury were unable to reach verdicts on seven further charges. Whittle and Sheppard are next due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on July 28.

Lancashire Evening Post

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Over on Stormfront, they're trying to make out that these two only have to stay on the run for six or seven years because by then the 'statute of limitations' would have kicked in. How stupid ARE these people?

Anonymous said...

Nevertheless, the thought of them having to disappear for seven years is enticing, statute or not.

Anonymous said...

Oh well, their doing a runner should add six months on to the prison sentence when they reappear. Good.

Mr Higgins said...

Jeans and a bow-tie? Stylish.

Anonymous said...

Unusually Lee Barnes doesnt seem to have an opinion on this.

Anonymous said...

Can we have photo's of both Nutzies to assist in identifying them please.

Old Sailor

Another anti-fascist said...

I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Luke O'Farrell (Whittle) but it would be interesting to see what he looks like if anyone has one.

zippy said...

It would be funny is they turned up in Holocaust-denying Tehran, as the British far right could no longer maintain any islamophobic credibility, lol

South Coast Nationalist said...

It won't be long before the alleged ex-hooker grasses them up.

Landale said...

Zippy said:

"It would be funny is they turned up in Holocaust-denying Tehran"

It would be but more likely some rather more rural part of the uk, than some pig farmers and press officers. :-)

Dave T said...

There's a great picture Of Whittle (O'Farrell) on the front page of the Lancashire Evening Post tonight. If I can find someone with a scanner I'll scan and send it.

He's all long ginger hair and beard. Looks like someone out of Jethro Tull (one for the old folks there). :)

Anonymous said...

Doh!!

http://www.lep.co.uk/newspaper.aspx

There you can see a picture of the filth. The same url will show a different front page tomorror though, so you need to look now.

There was no mention of the website, can I assume it is redwatch?

Antifascist said...

Thanks for that, Anon. Picture amended.

'There was no mention of the website, can I assume it is redwatch?'

No, it's an even worse site, called 'The Heretical Press'. I'm not linking to it but search and you'll find it, utter shite that it is.

Dave T said...

Sorry, missed that. (blush)

Anonymous said...

I was in court yesterday and the notion that Shepperd and Whittle had the wherewithall to escape to Thailand over the weekend really does not gel with what was said there. Shepperd is supposedly in a terrible state mentally and emotionally, repeatedly self-harming and cutting his wrists again over the weekend in what was desribed as "a serious incidence of self-harm". There's a few things best not said at the moment, but it sounds highly likely that when arrested Shepperd will be committed to a secure mental institution. Yesterday one of the court officials was reprimanded by the judge for telling Shepperd and Whittle (on Friday) that they'd be going down for a very long time. I doubt they are in Thailand, more likely in some pokey bedsit somewhere (though there was some speculation that Shepperd might even have murdered Whittle!) There is a report on Leeds-Bradford Indymedia that Tony White was accused of interfering with the jury. That is correct, he and Kevin Whatmough were dragged off to be questioned by the judge (and presumably by the police.)

Plant Pot said...

The only thing Tony White could interfere with is school kids on a bus. He's been to prison for it already.

Landale said...

I'm probably not the first to report this but it is said on Stormfront - the home for the conspiritorially bewildered fascist - that the two have flown to LA and are claiming political asylum.