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Christopher Philips Jailed After Carrying Out Mock Execution Of Life-Sized Golliwog Doll In Ku Klux Klan Video

08/01/2014 15:29 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 13:17 GMT

A man who was thrown out of the National Front for having views which were deemed too extreme, has been jailed after being filmed in a Ku Klux Klan costume with a golliwog doll.

Appearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court Wednesday, Christopher Philips, 23, was jailed for 12 months having previously pleaded guilty to stirring up racial hatred in three YouTube videos.

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The videos – posted on Philips's account, named Ultimate Dazzler – showed him carrying out the mock execution of a life-sized golliwog doll.

Simon Davies, prosecuting, added that Philips travelled just a few days prior to a White Pride Worldwide demonstration in Swansea, which had "links with the far-right extremist organisations including the National Front and the English Defence League (EDL)".

Mr Davies said Philips then travelled to a Blood and Honour event at the Valley Commando Motorcycle Club at Abercynon, where he was photographed and filmed in the KKK outfit, dancing, and posing with the doll.

Following an investigation into the videos and other images posted on Facebook, police from the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit raided the house of Philips's parents where he lived.

The officers seized a laptop, a National Front membership card in the name of Darren Clifft, and a white KKK outfit, according to Mr Davies.

They also uncovered a pair of combat trousers, a flag bearing the slogan "White Pride Worldwide" and a copy of a letter to a German acquaintance of Philips by Norwegian far-right extremist and mass- murderer Anders Breivik.

There was also a newspaper clipping with the headline "Nut warns of UK massacre", and a train ticket from Wolverhampton to Swansea.

The Judge today described Philips's "admiration for the notorious figures" of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as "abhorrent".

Judge Warner added: "Your manifesto, written as Darren Clifft, stated that in your view democracy has been a failure and what is needed is dictatorship and you as the dictator.

"You set out a series of measures in that manifesto - measures of the most extreme nature which I will give no further publicity."

Judge Warner continued: "In our democracy people are allowed to hold extreme, bizarre and offensive views.

"Parliament has passed laws like this one, under which you have offended, not to prevent or inhibit dissemination of those views but to prevent the dissemination of material which is threatening or offensive and likely to stir up racial hatred.

"By your guilty plea you admit that was your intention."

In reference to the death of Philips' father, who committed suicide shortly after his son's arrest in March last year, Judge Warner added: "I don't for one moment hold you responsible for his death - but I have no doubt your behaviour caused him a great deal of concern and heartache."

Sentencing Philips, formerly known as Darren Clifft, Judge John Warner told him: "It does not require advanced education or knowledge of history to know what you were seeking to convey might cause offence."

He added the publication of the videos by Philips, who has Asperger's, would obviously be "thoroughly offensive" or "highly inflammatory", leaving him with no choice but to jail the 24-year-old.

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