UK judge sentences teen for abhorrent post on Prince Harry
FILE – In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry arrives to attend the Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle in England. Prince Harry is offering his support to Angola’s new 47 million pound ($60 million) initiative to clear land-mines, saying it will protect lives and help communities through conservation-led development. Speaking Monday at the Chatham House think tank, Harry picked up the mantle for a cause near to the heart of his mother, the late Princess Diana, who worked with the Halo Trust on de-mining issues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
LONDON –A U.K. judge has sentenced a teenager who created an “abhorrent” online image of Prince Harry to 4 years and three months in a young offenders’ institution.
Judge Rebecca Poulet lambasted student Michal Szewczuk, 19, for creating an image of Harry with a pistol to his head against a blood-spattered background. The post, which was shared a few months after Harry married biracial ex-actress Meghan Markle, included the phrase “See Ya Later Race Traitor.”
Szewczuk pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material. He was sentenced at London Criminal Court alongside Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, who admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism.
Poulet says the posts “are abhorrent as well as criminal by reason of their clear intention to encourage terrorist acts.”