A fitness instructor, with links to the far-Right group Patriotic Alternative, has admitted sharing a stash of terrorist documents on social media.
Kristofer Thomas Kearney, who was known online as “Charlie Big Potatoes” was extradited from Spain last year accused of posting links to extremist material, including the manifestos of Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway, and Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The 38-year-old – who is originally from Liverpool, but had been living in Alicante – appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Chelmsford Prison, where he pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications.
He is thought to be the first member of Patriotic Alternative – which was formed in 2019 following the collapse of the British National Party – to be convicted of terrorist offences.
Judge Richard Marks KC said the issue of Kearney’s motivation would be decided at a two-day hearing on May 4 and 5 before he passes sentence.
Kearney is alleged to have created a Telegram channel entitled “Charlie Big Potatoes” in November 2020.
In 2021, he posted a numbered list and links to some 89 extreme Right-wing documents.
Previously, Kearney was alleged to have been an active member of neo-Nazi group National Action, but left before it was banned in December 2016 for glorifying the murder of MP Jo Cox.
It is understood he became head of fitness for Patriotic Alternative and also allegedly set up a channel called Fascist Fitness, giving exercise and fitness tips.