British Neo-Nazi who Called for Gay 'Purge' Sentenced to 7 Years

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday July 23, 2021

Andrew Dymock
Andrew Dymock  (Source:UK Counter-Terrorism Police)

Andrew Dymock, the 24-year-old British neo-Nazi who labeled LGBTQ people "simply degenerate" and called for a "purge" of gays, but who then claimed to be bisexual as part of his defense in court, has been sentenced to seven years in prison, UK newspaper The Times reports. (Story is behind a paywall.)

Dymock was found guilty of terrorism-related crimes and hate speech last month. Among his purported offenses was the authorship of a 2017 article titled "Homosexuality: The Eternal Social Menace." The article, published at a neo-Nazi website, stated that non-heterosexual and non-cisgender people "must be purged from society for the greater good."

The Times recalled that Dymock had also called for "the rape and hanging of policewomen," and that he had "once carved a swastika into a girlfriend's buttock using a nail."

Dymock "saw himself as an online neo-Nazi 'influencer,' " according to authorities, the article said.

The judge in the case declared that Dymock was " 'driven by an extremist mindset' and had taken the path of 'total hatred and bigotry,' " The BBC recounted, going on to recall that Dymock stood accused of posting online messages saying that "Jewish people should be exterminated," advocating "societal collapse," and calling for "lone actor terror attacks."

Dymock had been charged with 15 offenses, 12 of which relate to terrorism with three others relating to bias crimes targeting racial and sexual minorities. He was convicted on all 15 counts, the BBC account said, and "jailed for seven years, with a further three years on extended license."

As previously reported at EDGE, prosecutors alleged that Dymock was associated with System Resistance Network (SRN) and Sonnenkrieg Division, two neo-Nazi groups that have been banned in the UK.

Dymock claimed innocence, and said that he was himself a member of the LGBTQ community. "I am bisexual but lean towards being homosexual," Dymock reportedly told police.

But during his trial, jurors heard about videos that Dymock had supposedly posted and, according to prosecutors, also appeared in. One such video showed men wearing masks and putting up anti-gay stickers along a Pride parade route in the English city of Southampton.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.