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UK ginger extremist detained indefinitely

Prince Charles was the alleged target of a man's assassination plot. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Prince Charles was the alleged target of a man’s assassination plot. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

A British “ginger extremist” who fantasised about shooting the Prince of Wales to clear Harry’s way to the throne has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Mark Colborne likened himself to Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik and made notes in his diary about his plan to assassinate Charles with a high-powered sniper rifle.

The 37-year-old also plotted a terror attack “for the Aryan people”, buying ingredients for cyanide over the internet, and stockpiling dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves, his trial was told in September.

Colborne was caught after his half-brother uncovered chemicals and the papers detailing his racial hatred stashed at the English family home, and was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.

Sentencing him under the Mental Health Act on Tuesday, Judge John Bevan QC said Colborne’s “extravagant self-pity” had made his own life and that of his family a “misery”.

’You have been consumed with rage at disparate individuals and groups, and you write in graphic terms of bombing and butchery,’ the judge said.

‘You are, I regret to say, a warped individual who in the past has held views of your fellow man which were repugnant to right-thinking people.’

Colborne’s “extraordinarily violent fantasies” were “seriously concerning” and represented a real or potential risk to the pubic as he had developed the wherewithal to kill 1500 people.

Whether or not the change in his outlook was true, “a spark of some kind could reignite your rage” in the future, the judge told him.

He accepted that the Colborne’s “past hatred of humanity generally” was based on his mental state, but pointed out that many people had “unpleasant childhoods” and were not so affected in adulthood.

Colborne was ordered to be detained “without limit of time” on the basis of two psychiatric reports.

The court heard that Colborne was “sane” but had a personality disorder with a degree of psychosis that warranted continued treatment.


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