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