EDL Activist admits threatening to kill Asian family.

Matthew Collins - 28 05 12
Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

An EDL activist has admitted threatening to kill his neighbours and forcing his way into their home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Daniel Smith, 39, was told that he should expect a long jail term when he returns to Leeds Crown Court for sentencing on June 22.

Smith has admitted 10 offences including burglary, common assault, affray, four counts of making threats to kill and two counts of possessing a knife linked to events that took place on August 26, 2011.

He denied aggravated burglary and possessing a screwdriver as an offensive weapon – charges which he had faced at an earlier trial where a jury could not reach a verdict.

A re-trial had been ordered and was expected to start at the court on Wednesday morning.

But when Smith entered guilty pleas to the majority of charges, the prosecution decided a second trial was not in the public interest.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told Smith: “This is going to result in a long sentence of imprisonment. I do, however, think it will be helpful to me if I can have the assistance and benefit of a pre-sentence report upon you.”

He said it would be in Smith’s interest to co-operate with the probation service while they prepared the report.

Smith was remanded into custody until his sentencing.

Smith on an EDL demo

Smith on an EDL demo


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