Using a series of bizarre pseudonyms, racist Christopher Philips paid homage to and even impersonated mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. The 23-year-old has been told he is facing jail.
Philips used social media as a way of airing his extremist views. One shocking picture posted on Facebook shows Philips emulating Breivik as the Norwegian appeared in court, raising his right arm in salute.
The post shows Breivik on one side of the screen, with Philips, who was formerly known as Darren Clifft, posing in the same way on the other side of the screen.
Philips, from Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty yesterday to posting three videos online showing someone in a Ku Klux Klan costume hanging a life-size golliwog doll. He was warned he is likely to face jail when he appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The court heard that his father committed suicide shortly after Philips was arrested and interviewed about the racist crime.
Adjourning sentence until December for a psychiatric report, Judge John Warner told Philips: “The fact I’ve allowed your bail to continue is not in any way at all tying my hands. The overwhelming likelihood is that you will receive a period in custody.”
Judge Warner said the mock-execution videos had caused ‘strong feelings’. He added: “It’s the sort of material that will attract very strong feelings in certain sections of the community, and I think there is a real risk here of violence and retribution.”
Mohammed Ramzan, defending, said: “His father committed suicide, one of the reasons was this case.”
Philips has also received death threats from anti-racist groups, and the court heard that people had visited the gym in Willenhall where he coached kickboxing, but Philips was ill that day and was not there.
Under the name Darren Clifft, Philips helped out at Chongshin Do club, which was formerly based at Pool Hayes Community Association in Willenhall.
It is understood he was never left alone with children and there were no concerns about his behaviour while he was there.
He was never employed in any kind of teaching capacity by Pool Hayes Arts and Community and was never an instructor at the club. Philips ceased to be a member around July last year when he was believed to have moved away from the area.
Yesterday, he wore a grey suit with a white shirt and striped tie when he appeared at court for the 45-minute hearing yesterday.
Following a previous hearing, he appeared to perform a ‘white power’ clenched fist gesture to photographers when he left the same court.
The salute was identical to the one made by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik during his trial for murdering 77 people in gun and bomb attacks in July 2011.