Wednesday 17 January 2018

Accused bombmaker wants home to be saved

Richard Lewis in San Diego

A lawyer for a man charged with making bombs is asking a federal judge to halt tomorrow's scheduled burning of the man's home, which was stuffed with explosive chemicals.

A hearing was scheduled today in San Diego on the emergency request to stop destruction of the home in Escondido.

There could be documents and other evidence inside that would be critical to the defence of George Jakubec and "once it's gone, it's gone," his lawyer, Michael Berg said.

However, Mr Berg said he had not considered how any materials could be retrieved. Authorities have concluded it is too dangerous to remove anything from the junk-filled home, which investigators said contains pounds of unstable, explosive chemicals used in bomb-making.

Jakubec, a 54-year-old Serbian-born unemployed software consultant, pleaded not guilty on Monday to eight federal charges related to making destructive devices and robbing three banks. He remains jailed without bail and faces 32 to 132 years in jail if convicted.

Irish Independent

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