Scottish man convicted of planning terrorism attacks

A 25-year-old man from Banff, Aberdeenshire has been convicted of planning terrorism attacks.

Connor Ward had denied any attempt of breaching the Terrorism Act as he faced trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, charged with actions that showed attempted acts of terrorism.

The jury heard how Ward acquired parts and plans for potential explosives and also kept a list of Scottish mosques.

Connor Ward Image Credit: Police Scotland

Sentencing has been differed after the verdict was give after the five-week trial.

Ward is a former psychiatric patient and claimed that he was suffering from mental illness at the time he began to gather documents from the Internet.

He has also been previously in jail for three years in 2012 after being accused of explosive charges that ended with people being evacuated from their homes.

Judge Lord Burns has adjourned until April 11th in order to obtain reports of Ward’s character.

Police had discovered hundreds of ball bearings, used in pipe bombs and other IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) as well as thousands of files pertaining to firearms and survival techniques.

There were also documents containing extreme right wing propaganda and military tactics.

The court heard Ward had written a dedication in a book which read:

“This book is dedicated to all that follow Mohammed and the Islamic faith. You will all soon suffer your demise.”

 

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