Wednesday 28 June 2017

Man planned cyanide attacks as he felt 'belittled for having ginger hair', court told

* Poor man's James Bond planned cyanide killings because of his ginger hair, court hears
* Loner Mark Colborne wanted to put a 'major dent in England' by attacking 'non-Aryans'
* Compared himself to the mass murdering supremacist Anders Breivik.

Man planned cyanide attacks as he felt 'belittled for having ginger hair', court told
Man planned cyanide attacks as he felt 'belittled for having ginger hair', court told

Tom Whitehead

A right-wing extremist who saw himself as the “poor man’s James Bond” planned to attack ethnic minorities with cyanide because he felt belittled for having ginger hair, a court heard.

Loner Mark Colborne, 37, wanted to put a “major dent in England” by attacking “non-Aryans”, and compared himself to the mass murdering supremacist Anders Breivik.

He felt marginalised by society because he was a white and ginger-haired man and wrote of his hatred for 'blacks and Caucasian idiots', the Old Bailey heard.

Colborne, who suffered from agoraphobia, stockpiled equipment and the ingredients for making cyanide in his bedroom at the home he shared with his mother in Southampton.

But his plans were foiled when his half-brother Kevin found his box of materials and tipped off police in June last year.

His bedroom was also full of books about poisons and explosives titled “Silent Death”, “Assorted Nasties”, as well as one called “The Poor Man's James Bond” and a handbook for IRA volunteers.

Detectives also found spray bottles which could be used to squirt cyanide at his victims and a chemical that helped poisons penetrate through the skin, the court was told.

Colborne's handwritten notes included the boast: “I will put a major dent in England one that is felt around the world, if for some reason I cannot perform a major operation then I will still opt for low level attacks.”

He added: 'I'm looking for major retribution, a mass terrorist attack which will bring to the attention our pain not just mine but my brothers around the world."

Colborne wrote in his notes that he identified with the Nazi Heinrich Himmler.

He added: "I believe a lot about inflicting pain in a struggle because it makes people remember, the deaths on people is the sacrifice that cannot be avoided in a struggle.

"What a dream it would be to form a government in and land not occupied by Caucasian Tyranny and belong to our people to live free."

He also referred to Breivik, adding: 'The terror attack in Norway was what I was planning to do in England. It was poetic and brilliant.

A Nazi Swastika was also found in files kept by Colborne, the court heard.

Opening the case, prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC told the jury: “In these notes he referred to his racial hatred for those who are non-Aryans – who he refers to as "blacks and Caucasian idiots' and his hatred of the prevailing system and organs of the state.

“He wrote about his wish to commit a terrorist act in order to publicise his own beliefs.

“He compared himself to the right wing terrorist extremists who had gone on to massacre hundreds, men like Timothy McVeigh the American terrorist and Anders Breivik, who committed the atrocities in Norway.”

In March last year, Colborne bought iron oxide and sodium carbonate as well as dimethyl sulphoxide, distilled water and pine charcoal – constituent ingredients for making cyanide, highly toxic poison that can kill in seconds.

He also bought a chemical called dimethyl sulfoxide, which helps poisons penetrate through the skin, and items such as dust masks and latex gloves to help make and administer the poison.

The court heard he lived with his mother Patricia and his younger half brother Kevin in Southampton but led a 'relatively isolated life.'

“He clearly had experienced a troubled childhood and perceived himself as marginalised and belittled by society because he was a white, ginger-haired male,” said Miss Darlow.

Colborne stockpiled deadly chemicals under his bed alongside poisoning handbooks, IRA and Islamic terror manuals, and a book called 'How to Kill People', the court heard.

Kevin stumbled on the stash when he found receipts for chemicals bought on Amazon on the landing floor while decorating.

He told their mother, Patricia, who found Colborne's box of chemicals under the bed in his cluttered room, in June last year.

She also found a book called "Assorted Nasties" which was a poison-maker's manual.

Kevin found a pile of A4 paper on which Colborne had made various writings, which referred to the defendant having attacked a black male in a park in Sholing and referring to his own hatred in graphic racist terms.

Colborne, of Sholing, Southampton, denies preparing terrorist acts on or before 2 July 2014.

The trial continues

Telegraph.co.uk

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