A white supremacist who made a series of chilling Google searches – including “I want to go on a killing spree” – has been convicted of plotting to carry out a machete attack on a gay pride event.
Armed police swooped on neo-Nazi Ethan Stables as he walked towards the New Empire pub in Barrow, Cumbria, after receiving a tip-off.
Stables had posted a message on a far-right Facebook group saying he was “going to war” and that he planned to “slaughter every single one of the gay b*******”.
He was unarmed when he was arrested on 23 June, but subsequent police searches of his home uncovered an axe and a machete, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Officers discovered he had searched the internet for how to make a bomb from matches and found a collection of cut-off match heads in his flat.
He had also googled “how to make chemical poison”, “what is prison like for a murderer”, and bizarrely, “do you get haircuts in prison”.
Jurors were shown a video of Stables burning a rainbow flag and posing next to a swastika hanging on his bedroom wall.
His mother said he became radicalised after a trip to Germany to see a young woman. Stables claimed he was “brainwashed” by right-wing extremists he met while living in hostels.
The 20-year-old from Barrow, described as a loner by his own barrister and who has an autism spectrum condition, swapped messages with fellow extremists and blamed the fact that he was jobless on “f****ts, n******, spastics” and the Equalities Act.
At other times, he expressed his hatred of Muslims and Jews, and claimed in a WhatsApp message: “My country is being raped.
“I might just become a skinhead and kill people.”
Jurors were told Stables was interested in the Columbine High School massacre, and had been expelled from school following an incident in which he put another pupil in a headlock.
Stables claimed he was a just fantasist and was himself bisexual.
He denied he was carrying out a “recce” of the venue when he was arrested and said he was heading out to sit outside the job centre to use the free public wifi.
Stables was convicted of preparing an act of terrorism, making threats to kill and possessing explosives.
He will be sentenced later.