A Scots would-be racist terrorist has been branded 'a socially-isolated individual who displayed hateful intentions' by cops following his conviction.
Sam Imrie, who idolised mass killers and spouted vile hatred of Muslims, was found guilty of “glorifying” terrorists online and collecting information which could be useful to committing acts of terror.
But the 24-year-old was cleared of preparing to commit acts of terrorism, which included suggesting online he planned to live stream an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.
A jury at the High Court in Edinburgh today returned guilty verdicts on eight of the nine charges against him.
Imrie was also convicted of wilfully setting fire to the doorway of a derelict building at Strathore Lodge, Thornton, and setting ablaze foliage around a headstone at St Drostans Cemetery, Markinch, both on July 4, 2019.
He was found guilty of possessing “extreme pornographic images” depicting sexual activity involving a human corpse between June 28 and July 5, 2019, and possessing child pornography between June 15 and July 5, 2019.
Imrie was convicted of driving while unfit through drink or drugs on July 4, 2019.
Lord Mulholland ordered Imrie - who has been held in Perth Prison since his arrest - to be added to the sex offenders register.
Following his conviction, our ACC Pat Campbell urged members of the public to keep watch for any similar actions and welcomed the conviction.
He said: “Sam Imrie was a socially-isolated-individual who displayed hateful intentions and the potential consequences of his actions do not bear thinking about.
"Police Scotland welcomes the outcome of the trial, which brings to a close what was an extremely complex investigation.
“I am grateful for the hard work and diligence of the officers who carried out the fast moving inquiry as well as the support of our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
“It should be stressed that cases such as Imrie’s are rare in Scotland and our officers remain absolutely committed to working with our partners to protect our communities.
“I want to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the public that if you become aware of anyone, including a family member or friend, displaying extremist views, or are concerned that they could be radicalised or involved in extremist or terrorist activity not to hesitate to contact the police.
“Advice is available at the ACT Early Counter Terrorism Policing website and anyone with concerns should contact Police Scotland or the confidential anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.”