May 31, 2019 Faith Matters

Far Right Extremist Admits Arson Attack on Synagogue in Exeter

A far-right extremist has admitted carrying out an arson attack on an historic synagogue.

Tristan Morgan, 52, set the fire at the synagogue in Exeter on July 21 last year.

He broke a window at the rear of the building, accelerant was poured in, then a match was used to ignite it.

Built in the 18th century, it is the third oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom.

The defendant, from Exeter in Devon, is currently in Langdon hospital and did not appear in court for a short hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC was told that prosecutors have accepted Morgan’s guilty pleas to a series of charges.

Morgan has admitted to a charge of arson on July 21 on the basis he was reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He admitted to encouraging terrorism on or before July 21 last year by publishing a song entitled White Man to live-streaming website Soundcloud on the basis he was reckless as to whether his conduct would have the effect of encouraging terrorism.

He also admitted collecting information for terrorist purposes in relation to a copy of the White Resistance Manual on or before July 21.

Judge Leonard lifted reporting restrictions which had previously restricted the publication of Morgan’s pleas.

Morgan will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on July 1.