Man found guilty of advocating terrorism to be released from jail

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A regional NSW chef who made online posts advocating right-wing terrorism will be released from custody immediately after he was given a prison sentence he has already served.

Tyler Jakovac, 20, was jailed on Monday for a maximum of 18 months after he wrote a series of posts on messaging apps Snapchat and Telegram suggesting racial minorities should be targeted with violence.

Tyler Jakovac, pictured with a jacket on his head, is arrested in 2020.Credit:NSW Police

On June 24, 2020, Jakovac posted a picture of military-style paraphernalia to Snapchat and included the caption: “The shooting will take place on 3 of July, make sure to DM me for my Facebook for the livestream guys, I’m sick of [racial epithets], [derogatory term about homosexuality] and race-mixers.”

Jakovac claimed there was a race war, posted a tribute celebrating the birthday of Adolf Hitler, discussed attacking Somalians in his local Albury area, and wrote: “Prepare for terror. Store and stack weapons and learn makeshift bombs too”.

He was placed under police surveillance from August 2020 until his eventual arrest several months later.

On December 7, Jakovac had consumed four beers when he posted to Snapchat wearing dark clothing and a balaclava, with his finger in the air. He captioned the image: “I’m actually going to commit a massive national tragedy”.

On December 9, he posted to Snapchat at 4am comparing himself to white supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof, who killed black parishioners at a US church in 2015. Jakovac’s photo had the caption: “I’m coming to your local church”.

He was arrested three and a half hours later, at 7.30am, and was grilled by police from 10.03am to 9.07pm. Jakovac pleaded guilty this year to one count of advocating terrorism.

On Monday, NSW District Court judge Mark Buscombe said the young and immature chef, who is on the Autism spectrum, was keen to gain the approval of his peers through the online posts.

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