White supremacist who sent fake anthrax to the Queen jailed

David Parnham sent hundreds of offensive letters

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A man who sent the Queen fake anthrax with a note that read “the Clowns R coming for you” has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years.

White supremacist David Parnham wrote to public figures including the Queen and former Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron over the course of two years.

One letter addressed to the Queen and filled with white powder sparked a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response.

Members of the royal household were kept separate from other staff and the court heard they became “anxious for their health”.

Parnham also caused widespread fear through “Punish A Muslim Day” letters that encouraged violence. He signed some of the letters as “Muslim Slayer”.

He pleaded guilty to 15 offences relating to hundreds of letters written between June 2016 and June 2018.

The charges included encouraging murder, making hoaxes involving noxious substances and bombs and sending letters with intent to cause distress.

Parnham will serve the beginning of his sentence in hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to prison.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC said: “You have yet to appreciate the seriousness of what you have done and seem to want to return to the community at the earliest opportunity to live with your parents.”

He said Parnham had been suffering from an autistic spectrum disorder but rejected the suggestion he was psychotic at the time of the offences.

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