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Man accused of sharing posts blaming Jewish people for Covid appears in court

The man appeared at the Old Bailey (Picture: Getty)

A man accused of spreading anti-Semitic Covid conspiracy theories has appeared at the Old Bailey.

Matthew Henegan, 35, is alleged to have stirred up racial hatred by publishing and distributing material online relating to a ‘coronavirus hoax’.

He will also stand trial for allegedly handing out leaflets with the same purpose in March around St Neots, Cambridgeshire, where he lives, and owning a bullet-making guide in breach of anti-terrorism laws.

He is accused of publishing three posts – the ‘Corona Virus Hoax Full Edition,’ ‘Corona Virus Hoax Update – How You Are Being Controlled’ and the ‘Corona Virus Hoax’ – on a website called archive.org.

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Speaking outside court, prosecutor Julia Faure-Walker said the posts relate to a conspiracy theory blaming Jewish people for the pandemic.

The alleged anti-Semite will stand trial at the Old Bailey next year (Picture: Rex)

As well as the leaflets he handed out on March 17, a few days before the first national lockdown, he is also accused of owning a document entitled ‘How to Make Armor Piercing Bullets’, said to have been ‘useful for terrorist purposes’.

He is on unconditional bail ahead of his next hearing on 12 March next year, with his trial set to begin on November 8 next year.

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