A man accused of terrorism had three copies of a live stream of the 2019 mass shooting in New Zealand on his phone, a court heard.
Sam Imrie’s (24) iPhone also had a number of images boasting the shooter Brenton Tarrant with words like “Saint Tarrant” and “Hail Tarrant”.
White racist Tarrant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last August after two mosque shootings that killed 51 people and injured 40 others.
Detective Constable Murray Cairns of the Edinburgh Organized Crime and Counter-Terrorism Unit described the footage of the attack as “terrible” on Wednesday.
He told the court: [Tarrant] conducted a rotating session of the attack. He first streamed it live, which was copied and then massively distributed on the Internet. “
When asked to describe the video, he said, “It’s terrible. It starts with him driving a car, playing music before arriving at the Islamic Center.
“You see him get the gun out of his car, go to the Islamic Center, you see people walk up to him and he starts shooting and murdering them. You see how he goes from room to room and gets back into his vehicle.
“It’s graphic, you can see how he decides when to shoot and when not.”
Mr Imrie has been charged with posting statements on the Telegram social media platform suggesting that he will carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Center in Glenrothes, Fife.
The 24-year-old is also accused of streaming live recordings of “an incident”.
DC Cairns told the Edinburgh High Court that it retrieved the files from the defendant’s phone on July 31, 2019.
The court was also shown pictures from the defendant’s Facebook page. The cover picture of his profile was described in court as Adolf Hitler standing in front of a microphone addressing a crowd.
His biography read: “Seeing Muslims Suffering” and a number of symbols associated with “right-wing extremist National Socialism” were also on the page.
DC Cairns said that a post that read “1488” could be explained in two parts.
The number 14 referred to a sentence in Mein Kampf, a book by Adolf Hitler that he said in court, and said something like “We must secure a future for our people and a future for white children.”
He said it was linked to “modern neo-Nazi movements”.
The number 88, he said, can be read as “HH” or “Heil Hitler”, with the numbers being “converted into letters”.
Imrie is alleged to have been in possession of neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material, extreme pornography, including indecent pictures of children, and a picture of a human corpse, among other things.
He will also be charged with drug and alcohol driving in July 2019.
He denies all nine charges against him, three of which come under the Terrorism Act.
The process continues.
Additional reporting by PA