A person named as “ginger extremist” planned to assassinate Prince Charles. His plan was to kill Prince Charles so that his youngest son who has ginger hair would become his successor.
Mark Colborne, a “ginger extremist”, has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.
Prince Harry is a ginger haired monarch in waiting, unlike his brother Prince William, who is not deemed a pure ‘ginger’ because of his receding hairline and lighter color of red hair mixed with blonde. The accused was described by the judge as a “warped individual” for fantasizing to emanate the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik and plotting a terror attack “for the Aryan people”.
Colborne failed to achieve a “ginger-hair” line of monarchs through Prince Harry.
Mark Colborne, 37, likened himself to the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik and made notes in his diary of his plan to assassinate Prince Charles with a high-powered sniper rifle.
He bought the ingredients for cyanide over the internet, and stockpiled dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves, jurors were told.
Colborne was caught after his half-brother found chemicals and papers detailing his racial hatred in his bedroom at the family home in Southampton.
In his diary, Colborne wrote: “I want my legacy to say that I fought a one-man war against the capitalist regime. I want them to see my transition from poor red-haired victimised minority that is constantly walked over to a fully transformed military terrorist striking at the hearts of the bigoted tyrannical rulers and of course the dark haired dark eyes Caucasian race.”
One note read: “‘Kill Charles and Prince Harry becomes king.”
Colborne stood trial twice on terror charges, after being arrested on 3 June last year. He claimed the diary notes were all a fantasy, but the second jury found him guilty of preparing terrorist acts.
In sentencing, Judge John Bevan QC described Colborne as an extraordinarily “warped individual” whose “extravagant self-pity” had made his own life and that of his family a misery.
Colborne’s “extraordinarily violent fantasies” were “seriously concerning” and represented a real or potential risk to the public as he had developed the wherewithal to kill 1,500 people.
He accepted that the defendant’s “past hatred of humanity generally” was based on his mental state, but the judge pointed out that many people had unpleasant childhoods and were not so affected in adulthood.
Colborne was ordered to be detained under section 37 of the Mental Health Act, with a further restriction under section 41 “without limit of time” on the basis of two psychiatric reports.
The court heard that Colborne was sane but had a personality disorder with a degree of psychosis that warranted continued treatment at the Ravenswood House secure unit in Hampshire.
The trial had heard that Colborne felt alienated and marginalised for being a white, ginger-haired man and also suffering from agoraphobia and depression.
“Colborne went beyond the realms of fantasy when he wrote down his intentions and bought the chemicals that would have enabled him to carry out these plans.