A 22-year-old man has been charged with terror offences for allegedly making videos about the murder of Lee Rigby, including one called “Muslim laughs at British Soldier killing.”
Royal Barnes, from Hackney, east London, is accused of creating clips about the father-of-one’s death, publishing a statement glorifying terrorism and inciting terrorism overseas.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Mon) after being arrested on Friday with a 21-year-old woman, who is due to answer bail tomorrow.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said Barnes is charged with dissemination of terrorist publications for allegedly making a series of recordings about Fusilier Rigby’s death and circulating them “with the intention, either directly or indirectly, of encouraging others into the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.”
He is also charged with encouraging an act of terrorism by publishing a statement that glorified the killing, and inciting terrorism overseas.
It is claimed that on June 12 he “incited another to commit an act of terrorism, wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom, and that act would, if committed in England and Wales, constitute an offence.”
Fusilier Rigby, who married Halifax girl Rebecca Metcalfe in Southowram, in October 2007, was murdered as he returned to Woolwich barracks in south-east London on May 22, and hundreds of floral tributes were left near the scene.
It is alleged that the video entitled “Muslim laughs at British Soldier killing” features a man driving past the piles of flowers on Artillery Place and laughing about the murder.
Barnes will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.