Two individuals who hosted a neo-Nazi podcast and launched an attack on Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have been convicted of terrorism offenses. Christopher Gibbons, 38, and Tyrone Patten-Walsh, 34, were found guilty of encouraging acts of terrorism after a trial at Kingston Crown Court.
The podcast was used by the pair to express their hatred of mixed-race marriages, with Gibbons referring to Archie as an “abomination that should be put down.” The hosts promoted homophobic, racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic views, occasionally inciting violence among their listeners.
Gibbons had also compiled a “Radicalization Library” consisting of numerous extreme right-wing texts and materials, including over 500 speeches and propaganda documents. The duo produced 21 episodes of their podcast, which had nearly 1,000 subscribers and accumulated over 152,000 views.
Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, it was determined that some of the content violated terrorism legislation, leading to the arrests of Gibbons and Patten-Walsh in May 2021. They were charged on August 16 of the same year.
The defendants were tried for eight counts of encouraging acts of terrorism, each relating to a separate podcast episode. During the trial, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC described them as individuals holding extreme right-wing views who used language intended to encourage acts of terrorism against the sections of society they despised. Gibbons, from Carshalton, south London, and Patten-Walsh, from Romford, Essex, have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on September 26.
Following the conviction, Commander Dominic Murphy stated that Gibbons and Patten-Walsh believed that expressing their hateful views and advocating terrorist acts on a public platform would shield them from consequences. He emphasized that they were mistaken, as the investigation and subsequent jury trial demonstrated that their abhorrent extreme right-wing views sought to encourage terrorism.
Detective work involved reviewing extensive hours of material, resulting in a compelling case presented in court, ultimately leading to their convictions. Commander Murphy urged the public to report any extremist content they come across online, emphasizing the vital role of public information in the fight against terrorism.