A TEENAGE neo-Nazi who plotted to shoot his Asian friend for having sex with “white chicks” has been jailed for 11 years.
Matthew Cronjager, 18, planned to build a weapons storage bunker stockpiled for attacks as the self-proclaimed “boss” of a right-wing terror group.
Matthew Cronjager, 18, was sentenced to 11 years and 4 months in youth detention[/caption]
He also attempted to acquire a 3D printed gun or sawn-off shotgun in order to “execute” his pal, who he referred to as a “cockroach”.
But his sick plots were foiled after an undercover police officer infiltrated a Telegram group by the name of ‘The British Hand’.
Cronjager chillingly created an online library to share far-right propaganda and explosives-making manuals while discussing targets such as “powerful Jewish figures in banks and stuff”.
He also spewed his hatred of “classic far-right targets of blame”, including gay people and Muslims, the Old Bailey heard.
Cronjager, of Ingatestone in Essex, was sentenced to 11 years and four months in youth detention.
He was found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications and admitted four charges of possessing terror documents.
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The teen’s disturbed pal said he was “sad, hurt and betrayed” and originally thought Cronjager must have been joking when cops informed him.
“When the police came back to see me and said that there had not been a mistake and Matt had said those things, that moment of realisation it broke my heart,” he said in a victim impact statement.
He said it “wasn’t just the fact that Matt was plotting to kill me that hurt initially,” but that they had been discussing their futures together.
The court heard that the victim was left “on the brink of self harm” after the ordeal and was “simmering with anger” towards the neo-Nazi enthusiast.
Cronjager wanted to lead a “revolution” in the UK based upon his fascist beliefs and had offered to lead a division of an extreme right-wing group that calls itself Exiled 393.
He believed his experience as an army cadet had equipped him to manage a terrorist cell.
In November 2020, the 18-year-old proposed the idea of setting up a collective PayPal account to buy weapons and other items for the group.
PLOT TO KILL PAL
In one message, he wrote: “I was thinking more of having it to buy things like big tents or a 3D printer maybe for creating bits of ‘art’” – said to be code for guns.
He sent the undercover officer money and instructions to be used by a contact to 3D-print a gun.
Messages from December 13 show the Cronjager discussing a drop-off location for the weapon with the undercover cop, the court heard.
On the same day, he also unveiled his plan to kill his former friend for boasting about having sex with three white women.
“I’ve found someone I want to execute,” he wrote. “I know it’s an overall target and he’s a sand n***** that f***** a white girl.
“In fact I think three of them,” Cronjager raged.
“I figure we could just ‘find’ a double barrel shotgun and saw it down for things like this.”
He dubbed the intercourse a “violation of nature”, saying: “we’re not supposed to mix race.”
The teen was arrested at his home in Essex on December 29 last year, where police found hand-drawn plans for the weapons bunker, knuckle dusters and body armour.
They also found masses of material proving his obsession with the “extreme right-wing cause”, jurors were told.
He originally claimed he was a member of anti-fascist organisation Antifa and that he had infiltrated right-wing groups to disrupt them.
However, he admitted he held far-right views as he gave evidence at the trial, but said he was now “ashamed and disgusted” by them,
Cronjager said he had joined the cause after feeling “unhappy and unwelcome” at his grammar school.
The court heard he has a “superior” IQ and he has been diagnosed with mild autism spectrum disorder.
Judge Mark Lucraft QC said the “bright and intelligent” attributes of the teen made the case “all the more troubling”.
He said Cronjager had “played a leading role in terrorist activity” after immersing himself in a “superhero fantasy”.