A Leicestershire man, who described a mass killer as a ‘hero’ and shared harrowing footage of a terrorist attack, has been jailed for encouraging terrorism.

Edward Griffiths (pictured) sent videos to people of the terrorist attack – which was committed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019 and resulted in the killing of 51 people – stating he would “love” to do what the perpetrator of the attacks did.

Griffiths also stated that he would “like” to go on a killing spree and talked about different people he would like to kill. In a social media post, the 44-year-old also described the perpetrator of the Christchurch attacks as a “hero”.

The police and prosecution’s case did not allege that Griffiths was planning any specific attack but that he had an extreme mindset and was reckless about whether his actions would encourage others to commit terrorist acts. The offences by Griffiths were committed between November 2021 and June 2022. Following an investigation, officers from Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands (CTPEM) executed a warrant in June 2022, which saw Griffiths, of Hermitage Road in Whitwick, Coalville, arrested at his home.

Griffiths admitted being the user of various social media profiles but mostly answered ‘no comment’ in interview. In a later interview he said sending the video around was wrong, that he had shared it with a few close friends and that he had been going through a bad time in his life during the Covid pandemic.

Griffiths was charged in May last year and, following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court last month, he was found guilty of one count of encouragement of terrorism and of two counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication.

He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Glynn Jehu, from CTPEM, said:

“Fifty one people lost their lives in the Christchurch attacks. Spreading messages of extreme hate and violence in the way that Griffiths did is dangerous, reckless and could easily have encouraged others to commit an act of terrorism. It was therefore important that we stopped this by acting on information received, investigating the communications fully and bringing Griffiths before the courts.”

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Bazza
Bazza (@guest_828217)
17 days ago

A rare case of the thought police actually going a good job.

Micki
Micki (@guest_828220)
17 days ago
Reply to  Bazza

If the man charged was arab would be they so effective ?

Zac
Zac (@guest_828250)
17 days ago
Reply to  Micki

Micki, Bazza is sympathising with thought police. That says everything we need to know about him. He opposes thought police only when he disagrees with them. He’s a wind-sock opponent of tyranny.

Rob
Rob (@guest_828443)
16 days ago
Reply to  Micki

Nope.

Russ
Russ (@guest_829678)
12 days ago
Reply to  Bazza

“Thought police”? Seriously!

Zac
Zac (@guest_828254)
17 days ago

So they acknowledge that Griffith was no danger to anyone as they destroyed his life and imprisoned him for years. Meanwhile, there are people practicing an ideology that instructs its adherents to commit decapitation of anyone who opposes it perfectly free walking our streets. CTPEM does nothing about that despite such people having already murdered hundreds of Europeans in recent years.

I think we know who the real danger to the public is here.

John Clark
John Clark (@guest_828328)
17 days ago
Reply to  Zac

It’s a curious one. I’m assuming this guy didn’t have either a Shotgun or Firearms certificate?

Without access to Firearms, a valid readon to swoop down on him, he just comes over as just another lonely nutter venting online.

‘Many’ of them around. Unless there is more to the story that’s not in the public arena, it does seem like an over reaction.