Far-right terrorist praised Christchurch gunman hours before trying to kill teen

A far-right extremist who tried to "murder a Muslim" voiced support for the Christchurch terror attack gunman hours before he stabbed a teenager.

Vincent Fuller, 50, lunged at 19-year-old Dimitar Mihaylov's neck with a 12in kitchen knife the day after the New Zealand shootings.

He has now been jailed for 18 years and nine months for the attack.

The terrorist praised the actions of Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of carrying out the Christchurch terror attack, after watching a livestreamed video of the atrocity, which left 51 innocent people dead.

"I agree with what that man did in New Zealand as we will not be brainwashed," he wrote on Facebook .

In another post he said: "I am English, no matter what the Government say kill all non-English and get them all out of our England."

In police interviews, he branded his Facebook post about the Christchurch massacre "disgusting" and claimed "I'm not racist".

He also told officers he had friends from Kenya and Jamaica.

His barrister Benjamin Waidhofer said in mitigation: "Mr Fuller wishes to express his remorse through me."

Fuller has a lengthy criminal record, with 24 previous convictions for 59 offences, and was handed a six-year prison sentence in 1998 for robbery after he stole handbags from elderly women.

Superintendent Andy Rundle, from Surrey Police, said: "Fuller had some limited prior involvement with the police. It's clear that he has become radicalised and developed an extreme right-wing view.

"Following the horrendous events in New Zealand he took it upon himself to target sections of the Stanwell community, motivated by hate and clearly intent on causing serious harm."

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, head of counter-terrorism at Policing South East (CTPSE), added: "Fuller is clearly an incredibly angry and dangerous individual, who went out of his way looking for someone of non-white appearance to attack.

"It is fortunate that the victim was able to defend himself despite being confined to his car as otherwise this would undoubtedly have been a murder investigation.

"Given the context of his actions, notably in the aftermath of the horrendous events in New Zealand, the decision was taken to declare this a terrorist incident."

Kingston Crown Court heard Fuller's victim was not a Muslim but a British roofer with Bulgarian heritage.

Fuller had mistaken him for a Muslim because he has lightly tanned skin and was sitting next to a friend who had a long beard and was wearing a bandana.

The victim suffered defence wounds to his hand when he was attacked through his car window in a Tesco car park in Stanwell, west London.

Fuller had earlier been heard shouting: "All Muslims should die. White supremacists rule. I'm going to murder a Muslim."

He admitted the attempted murder of Mr Mihaylov, but claimed he had no historic links to a terrorist cause and his actions stemmed from family problems.

But Judge Peter Lodder QC ruled it was a terrorist act motivated by the cause of white supremacy and personal anti-Muslim sentiments.

Fuller also admitted carrying a weapon, affray and racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress at an earlier hearing and was jailed for 18 years and nine months, with an additional five-year extended sentence.

The judge told him: "In a violent rage you roamed the streets of Stanwell, initially with a baseball bat, then with a knife, looking for a target.

"When you found Dimitar Mihaylov, twice you shouted, 'You're going to die', and at least twice you plunged a large kitchen knife towards his neck. It was only by chance he was not killed.

"As you accept by your guilty plea, this was an act of attempted murder and, as I have found, this was a terrorist act."

He added: "It was your stated intention to kill a Muslim, which you attempted to do in that stabbing.

"I find that it was your purpose to strike fear into the heart of people you described as non-English, in particular Muslims."

Before the attack on Mr Mihaylov, Fuller left his upstairs maisonette armed with a Chelsea Football Club-branded baseball bat, which he used to bang on the door of his neighbour, Paramjit Bansal, who is of Indian heritage.

Video footage from a camera in her doorbell, which was played in court, shows Fuller, hooded and wearing a cap, swinging the weapon twice shouting: "Come out you black c***."

Fuller was also caught on CCTV as he wandered up and down Town Lane swinging his bat at those inside passing cars, hitting one so hard he broke his weapon.

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