Man to ap­peal against ter­ror con­vic­tion

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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.

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