A ‘ginger extremist’ who dreamed of killing Prince Charles so Harry could be king, will be sentenced later today for planning a terror attack ‘for the Aryan people’.
Mark Colborne, 37, made plans in his diary to kill Prince Charles using a high powered sniper rifle and likened himself to the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik.
The would-be shooter also bought the ingredients for the deadly poison cyanide over the web and stockpiled dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves.
Colborne was caught when his half-brother discovered his stash of chemicals and papers detailing his racist beliefs hidden in his bedroom at the family home in Southampton.
Following a retrial, he was found guilty by a majority of preparing terrorist acts.
Colborne’s possession of handwritten notes copied from the internet detailing how to build explosives and make poisons convinced the jury to convict him.
However, the jury rejected certain aspects of the allegations that he intended to use the chemicals and paraphernalia as part of the terror plot.
Judge John Bevan QC said it was a ‘very strange’ case involving a ‘very strange person’. The court heard how Colborne felt alienated and marginalised for being a white, ginger-haired man and also suffered from agoraphobia and depression.
In his notebook, he wrote: “I don’t want to be a serial killer. I’m more of an Anders Breivik. I have left potential targets open… I was waiting for an opportunity to kill one of them. Let it be Prince Charles which would be good.”
He went on to say that he wanted a ‘silent rifle’, adding: “Take up a good position and put a bullet in Charles’s head… He is protected but not too protected. I would sacrifice my life for that one shot. Kill Charles and William and Harry become king. Kill the tyrants.”
Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said Colborne’s notes spoke of his hatred for ‘non-Aryans’ who he referred to as ‘blacks and Caucasian idiots’.
Colbourne also compared himself to other right-wing extremists, he wrote: ‘I’m looking for major retribution, a mass terrorist attack which will bring to the attention our pain not just mine but my brothers around the world.’
He will be sentenced at noon today at the Old Bailey.
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Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
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