Far-Right Extremist Sentenced After Setting Self On Fire Trying To Burn Down UK Synagogue
Jul. 6–A far-right extremist was jailed indefinitely in a UK hospital after setting fire to a synagogue and himself in July 2018.
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Tristan Morgan was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on Friday after prosecutors alleged he held a “deep-rooted anti-Semitic belief” and was having a psychotic episode during his attack on Exeter Synagogue.
Morgan admitted to the arson as well as possessing a white supremacist handbook and encouraging terrorism through a song on SoundCloud.
CCTV footage of the attack was released and shows the 52-year-old setting the blaze that engulfed him as well.
The fire was set on July 21, 2018, a day commemorating the Holocaust in the United Kingdom.
“The footage, which was played in open court, shows the level of planning, determination and intent by Morgan, whom the wider evidence clearly showed held abhorrent extreme right-wing, anti-Semitic, and white supremacist views,” Police Superintendent Matt Lawler said in a statement.
“Morgan is clearly very unwell and following multiple detailed medical assessments it is clear that a hospital order is appropriate, ” he added.
Witnesses saw Morgan fleeing the scene laughing, holding a gasoline can and trying to flatten his hair.
At the time of his arrest, he allegedly asked police if the building had burned down or not.
Repairs following the fire, which nearly caused an explosion of a gas boiler, cost around $28,000.
“It is only by sheer chance that the synagogue was empty and indeed that Morgan himself sustained only minor burns,” Police Superintendent Lawler said.
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