Right-wing ex­trem­ist guilty of hav­ing bomb-mak­ing equip­ment at his flat

The Herald - - NEWS - JAMES MUL­HOL­LAND

A RIGHT-WING ex­trem­ist who was caught with a bomb-mak­ing kit af­ter emer­gency ser­vices rushed to his home an­swer­ing a 999 call has been re­manded in jail.

Po­lice called in to search 35-year-old Peter Mor­gan’s flat af­ter a woman col­lapsed found a glass bot­tle stud­ded with lead shot and nail gun rounds along with ex­plo­sive pow­der, fuses, screws and steel tacks.

An Army bomb dis­posal ex­pert told the High Court in Ed­in­burgh that a “quite ef­fec­tive, vi­able” im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED) could have been made from the items dis­cov­ered.

Sergeant Liam Davies told pros­e­cu­tion lawyer Ash­ley Ed­wards, QC: “I be­lieve that this is a bomb in con­struc­tion or wait­ing to be con­structed.”

The ex­pe­ri­enced ex­plo­sive ord­nance dis­posal sol­dier said the com­pli­cated weapon could cause “hor­rific in­jury” with se­vere bleed­ing and po­ten­tial death with­out prompt med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

He said the po­ten­tial shrap­nel glued to the ex­te­rior of the vine­gar shaker was telling and if the screws and tacks were put in with an ex­plo­sive mix­ture placed in­side the bot­tle that would add to the frag­men­ta­tion ef­fect.

Dur­ing the search of Mor­gan’s home in Tay­lor Place, Ed­in­burgh, of­fi­cers also found a Nazi swastika flag, far-right lit­er­a­ture and a Ger­man Sec­ond World War dag­ger.

Po­lice also dis­cov­ered he down­loaded an in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­ca­tion form to be­come a “loyal white knight of the Klu Klux Klan”.

Mor­gan had also ac­quired copies of an Al Qaeda ter­ror­ism man­ual, an IRA vol­un­teers hand­book on guerilla war­fare and works on turn­ing guns into fully au­to­matic weapons as well as guides on im­pro­vised ex­plo­sives and in­ter­ro­ga­tion tech­niques.

Ju­rors heard he was “quite proud” that he was part of the Scot­tish De­fence League and trav­elled with oth­ers from the far right group to a white pride rally in Manch­ester in 2015.

He later claimed to de­tec­tives that he was “more of a left lean­ing per­son” and had voted for the SNP.

The story emerged yesterday af­ter Mor­gan, a pris­oner of HMP Ed­in­burgh, was con­victed of charges un­der the Ter­ror­ism Act.

Ju­rors con­victed Mor­gan of charges that stated he pos­sessed items and col­lected in­for­ma­tion that give “rise to a rea­son­able sus­pi­cion” that he was plan­ning “acts of ter­ror­ism”.

Mor­gan’s of­fend­ing took place between April 2012 and July 2017.

Judge Lord Boyd re­manded Mor­gan – who has con­vic­tions dat­ing back two decades – in cus­tody for the court to ob­tain re­ports about Mor­gan’s char­ac­ter. Mor­gan spent the trial deny­ing any wrong do­ing.

Dur­ing pro­ceed­ings, the jury heard po­lice and am­bu­lance per­son­nel had orig­i­nally at­tended at the block of flats where Tay­lor lived on July 2 last year be­cause a woman had col­lapsed and was found to have no pulse.

A res­i­dent said she pre­vi­ously saw the woman at Mor­gan’s flat and po­lice de­cided to force en­try be­cause of con­cerns for oth­ers and a sergeant kicked the door in.

No one was found in the flat at the time but of­fi­cers no­ticed drugs para­pher­na­lia such as nee­dles and scales and the premises were se­cured. Mor­gan was later ar­rested nearby.

I be­lieve that this is a bomb in con­struc­tion or wait­ing to be con­structed

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