Man to appeal against terror conviction
A NORTH-EAST man serving life for planning terror attacks on mosques has launched an appeal against his conviction. Lawyers acting for Connor Ward, 25, told judge Lady Paton at the Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday that their client wanted to appeal against his conviction and sentence. Ward, of Banff, was given an order for lifelong restriction by judge Lord Burns at the High Court in Glasgow in April. His trial at the High Court in Edinburgh heard how he acquired components for potential bombs and kept a list of the addresses of Islamic places of worship. Police who searched his home found hundreds of ball bearings, which could be used in pipe bombs, and rocket tubes capable of firing projectiles. Detectives also discovered an arms cache at the house which included a stun gun, hundreds of knuckledusters, knives, deactivated bullets and metal bars. Officers also discovered that Ward, pictured, had downloaded tens of thousands of documents from the internet on firearms and survival techniques. The file also contained extreme right wing propaganda and military tactics. During evidence, Ward told jurors he was “anti-jewish” and thought that Hitler had made “mistakes”. However, he denied planning to bomb mosques. Ward believes he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice and has instructed lawyers to argue his case. At a short procedural hearing at the Edinburgh court, Lady Paton fixed his appeal to take place on December 13. It is expected to take half a day to hear. Ward was not present in court for the hearing.