A 54-year-old Whitechapel man was last week found guilty of the murder of the son he hadn’t seen since he was a one-year-old child after discovering he’d grown up with right-wing views.
Toby Dell, a forklift truck engineer from Vallance Road, battered his 27-year-old son, Bob, with a brass coal scuttle after the pair, who had been reunited through a popular family-tracing website, had argued about a number of political issues, including Brexit, the current Conservative government and the forthcoming trial of Donald Trump.
The jury heard that Dell became increasingly agitated by his son’s outspoken bigotry; finally flying into a murderous rage when the young man expressed a liking for Brexit pioneer, Nigel Farage.
Sentencing Dell to life imprisonment, Mr Justice Terence Carter, presiding, told Dell: “You were clearly provoked by the idiotic and rancid views of your son, but there can be no excuse for killing him with a coal bucket, even though he taunted you with his whole-hearted support for Jacob Rees Mogg and the religious mania and anti-gay views of Mike Pence.
As Dell was led away he shouted from the dock: “He had it coming, the nasty little neo-nazi gob shite”
In 2016, a 22-year-old Shoreditch man killed his mother with a clothes prop after she told him that Britain had taken back control following the Brexit referendum result