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'Ginger extremist' convicted of terror plot backing Prince Harry as king

Published 22/09/2015 | 15:18

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A "ginger extremist" from Southampton who fantasised about shooting Prince Charles so Harry could be king has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack "for the Aryan people".

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Mark Colborne, 37, likened himself to Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik and made notes in his diary of his plan to assassinate the royal heir with a high powered sniper rifle.

He also acquired manuals entitled Assorted Nasties, Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond, jurors were told.

Colborne was caught after his half brother uncovered papers detailing his racial hatred stashed in his bedroom at the family home in Southampton.

A jury could not agree a verdict after a trial earlier this year, but Colborne was found guilty following a retrial of preparing terrorist acts before his arrest on June 3 last year.

The jury deliberated for more than 14 hours to deliver its majority verdict.

While the jury found him guilty of the charge, it rejected aspects of the allegations that he possessed chemicals to make cyanide and dimethyl sulphoxide, and stockpiled paraphernalia including syringes, screw top spray and face masks.

Judge John Bevan QC adjourned sentencing to Tuesday November 3.

Colborne made no reaction in the dock as the verdict was delivered.

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The court heard Colborne felt alienated and marginalised for being a white, ginger-haired man and also suffered from agoraphobia and depression.

In his notebook, he wrote: "I don't want to be a serial killer. I'm more of an Anders Breivik. I have left potential targets open.

"I was waiting for an opportunity to kill one of them. Let it be Prince Charles which would be good."

He went on to state that he wanted a "silent rifle", adding: "Take up a good position and put a bullet in Charles's head.

"He is protected but not too protected. I would sacrifice my life for that one shot. Kill Charles and William and Harry become king. Kill the tyrants."

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said Colborne's notes expressed hatred for "non-Aryans" who he referred to as "blacks and Caucasian idiots".

Comparing himself to other right-wing extremists, he wrote: "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."

On June 3 last year, Colborne's half brother Kevin was preparing to do some decorating at the family home in Butts Road when he came across some receipts for chemicals.

He became concerned to learn that they included chemicals that could be used for fireworks and told their mother Patricia what he had found.

Together, they went into Colborne's "extremely cluttered" bedroom and uncovered an assortment of chemicals, the books and other equipment and called the police.

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In his defence, Colborne admitted buying the chemicals and writing the diary but dismissed entries as "angry rants" made when he was off medication for depression.

He said: "Fantasies about killing people as a hitman - that was my number one fantasy. Terrorism fantasies were sort of subsidiary but my main interest in being a professional hitman had taken over."

Jurors found Colborne possessed handwritten notes copied from internet sources such as The Terrorist Handbook, The Complete Improvised Kitchen and The Jolly Roger Cookbook about the production of viable explosive materials and devices.

They also found him guilty on the basis that he had books with titles including Assorted Nasties, Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond, which contained recipes for the production and delivery systems of lethal poisons such as cyanide.

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