A white supremacist who sent hate-filled letters to the Queen and Theresa May and produced a leaflet titled 'Punish a Muslim Day' has been sentenced.

David Parnham, from Lincoln, pleaded guilty to 15 offences relating to hundreds of letters penned between June 2016 and June 2018.

Today a judge sentenced Parham to 12 years and six months for his year-long hate campaign.

He will serve the time in hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to prison.

The Old Bailey heard how he sent fake poison to the Queen with a note saying: "The Clowns R Coming 4 You".

A Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) response was launched as a result, the Old Bailey was told.

Members of the Royal Household were left concerned for their health and the well-being of their colleagues.

In December 2016 Parnham penned a note of admiration to Dylann Roof who shot dead nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina.

In March 2017 a series of letters known as the 'Five Knights' series were sent to addresses around the University of Sheffield campus which asked the recipients to commit exterminations of 'Jews, p**is, n*** s, gypsies and Mexicans.'

In July and August 2017 the 'Great Cleanse' series of letters were sent to Mosques around London containing white powder and various threats.

Afterwards Parnham released a sequel series, 'Punish a Muslim 2' up until June 2018.

Some of Parnham's letters were received by his targets while others were intercepted by police.

As he appeared in court for a sentencing hearing, a psychiatrist revealed that the defendant did not regret what he had done and did not consider it "particularly serious".

Dr Martin Lock said: "He told me if he went to prison it would be one to two years."

The court heard that Parnham claimed he did not remember writing to the Queen.

While Parnham was on the autistic spectrum, Dr Lock said he was not psychotic and expressed concern that the defendant had attempted to "mislead" medical professionals.

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