Hal Watson, instructed by the Counter Terrorism Unit, secures the conviction of James Costello following a nine day trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
James Costello, a delivery driver by day, led a double life as a worldwide leader of a racist church which called for a ‘holy race war’.
Costello was identified as a self-styled ‘high priest’ of the Creativity Movement, which ‘unashamedly promoted’ and boasted as army of ‘fanatics capable of very serious and deadly violence’.
The Judge described Costello as an “enthusiastic evangelist” for the group’s propaganda, which he distributed online and was “dripping with hate”.
Costello was found guilty of 19 counts of stirring up racial hatred by publishing materials. He was jailed for five years.
Hal Watson is an experienced prosecutor with a background of prosecuting some of the largest and most notable cases in the country. He is part of the growing number of counsel at St Pauls Chambers with extensive experience prosecuting and defending those on terrorist charges. Helen Chapman is the latest member of St Pauls team to be appointed at level 3 to the Counter Terrorism Unit specialist panel of prosecuting counsel.