A man who vowed to “kill all Muslims” before trying to murder a teenager the day after the Christchurch mosque terror attacks has been jailed for 18 years and nine months.
Vincent Fuller, 50, lunged at 19-year-old Dimitar Mihaylov’s neck with a 12in kitchen knife through a car window in a Tesco car park in Stanwell, west London, on the night of March 16.
He calmly said “you’re going to die” in an “evil way” before plunging the blade into the victim’s left hand as he raised it to defend himself, Kingston Crown Court heard.
Judge Peter Lodder QC ruled it was a terrorist act motivated by the cause of white supremacy and anti-Muslim sentiments.
The judge told him: "As you accept by your guilty plea, this was an act of attempted murder and, as I have found, this was a terrorist act."
Fuller pleaded guilty to attempted murder over the attack, which was treated as terrorism after he was heard shouting: “All Muslims should die. White supremacists rule. I’m going to murder a Muslim.”
He also praised the actions of Brenton Tarrant, the Australian accused of carrying out the New Zealand shootings which left 51 people dead, after watching a livestream video of the atrocity.
Fuller was jailed for 18 years and nine months, with an additional five-year extended sentence.
Prosecutors said Fuller is a far-right terrorist who attacked Mr Mihaylov, who is British with Bulgarian heritage, because he has lightly tanned skin and was sitting next to a friend who had a long beard and was wearing a bandana.
Benjamin Waidhofer, defending, argued that his client had no historic links to a terrorist cause and his actions stemmed from family problems.
Fuller, of Viola Avenue, Stanwell, also admitted carrying a knife, affray and racially aggravated threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Before the attack, Fuller left his upstairs maisonette armed with a Chelsea FC-branded baseball bat, which he used to bang on the door of his neighbour, Paramjit Bansal, who is of Indian heritage, before racially abusing her.
He was also caught on CCTV as he wandered up and down Town Lane swinging his bat at people in passing cars, hitting one so hard he broke the weapon.