Student jailed for calling for Muslims to be 'wiped off the earth'
Expelled student, 22, is jailed for 18 months after calling for Muslims to be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’ in vile 17-minute Facebook video rant
- Louis Duxbury issued a ‘call to arms’ during the rant after terror attacks in 2017
- The court heard Duxbury was first reported to police about his views aged 15
- Duxbury, of York, denied inciting religious hatred but was convicted by a jury
Louis Duxbury, 22, issued the ‘call to arms’ shortly after a series of terrorist attacks in 2017
An expelled student has been jailed for 18 months after he called for Muslims to be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’ in a vile 17-minute Facebook rant.
Louis Duxbury, 22, issued the ‘call to arms’ shortly after a series of terrorist attacks in 2017.
A fellow sports science student at York St John University reported the tirade to the university authorities who expelled him and called in police.
The court heard Duxbury, of York, was first reported to police about his far right views as a 15-year-old schoolboy in 2015.
Teachers reported him for an inflammatory anti-Islam comment he posted online following the murder of Fusilier Rigby, it was heard.
Jailing him, the Recorder of York, Judge Sean Morris, warned him his video could contribute to a future attack on Muslims.
‘It has been a multi-racial and multi-faith island for thousands of years and will continue to be so,’ he said.
‘We have to live together in harmony because otherwise mayhem follows. I think you are a bit of a sad loner, but you have to go to prison.’
Duxbury denied inciting religious hatred but was convicted by a jury.
Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said: ‘The full force of those 17 minutes nearly two years ago have been brought home to Louis Duxbury.’
A statement from the university said: ‘Incitement to violence of any kind is abhorrent and there is absolutely no place for racist behaviour or language at York St John University.’
The court heard Duxbury was first reported to police about his far right views as a 15-year-old schoolboy in 2015
Duxbury had refused to go through the Prevent anti-radicalisation process.
The university added: ‘Whilst we are saddened to see behaviour that does not reflect our commitment to equality and human rights, we know that cases like this are extremely rare amongst our student community.
‘We are pleased that our students identified this behaviour as unacceptable and brought their concerns to us.’
Detective Constable Mike Holden, of North Yorkshire Police, said: ‘I hope this goes to show that people who attempt to stir up tensions between communities will be dealt with robustly.
Duxbury, of York, denied inciting religious hatred but was convicted by a jury
York and North Yorkshire is a safe place to live and work, and I want communities to be reassured that North Yorkshire Police will always take positive action against people who are threatening towards others because of their race or religion.’
The university has launched a service for students to report hate crime.
At his trial, Duxbury claimed that the 2017 video was a ‘rant’, and he believes in a diverse, multi-cultural society.
He claimed he was only talking about extremists and terrorists and not Muslims in general and denied bring racist or fascist.
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