Saturday 24 June 2017

'Belittled' redhead planned UK cyanide attack

Prosecutor Alison Darlow told the court how the defendant had trawled the internet for explosives and poisons and bought books on the subject entitled 'Assorted Nasties, Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond'.
Prosecutor Alison Darlow told the court how the defendant had trawled the internet for explosives and poisons and bought books on the subject entitled 'Assorted Nasties, Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond'.

Emily Pennink in London

A man plotted a cyanide attack from his bedroom because he felt "belittled by society" for being a white, ginger-haired male, a court has heard.

Mark Colborne (37) is on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of preparing terrorist acts for months before his arrest on June 3 last year. The court heard how his half-brother alerted police after he uncovered chemicals and papers detailing Mr Colborne's racial hatred stashed in his room at the family home in Southampton.

Prosecutor Alison Darlow told the court how the defendant had trawled the internet for explosives and poisons and bought books on the subject entitled 'Assorted Nasties, Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond'.

He went on to acquire chemicals over the internet, forming the essential ingredients for the deadly poison cyanide, as well as stockpiling dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves, jurors heard.

Ms Darlow said: "Colborne's ideology and aims are visible through a series of handwritten notes and diary entries, which were recovered from his bedroom in the home he shared with his mother and half-brother.

"In the 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."

Ms Darlow told the court the defendant had suffered from depression and agoraphobia and had led a relatively isolated life. She said: "He clearly had experienced a troubled childhood and perceived himself as marginalised and belittled by society because he was a white, ginger-haired male."

He denies the charge.

Irish Independent

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