30/01/2013

Convicted Bomb Hoaxer 'Researched Explosives' Jury Hears

A jury at the Old Bailey has heard that a man, previously jailed for preparing acts of terrorism, began researching bombs again soon after leaving prison.

27-year-old Nicholas Roddis was jailed in 2008 for seven years after leaving a hoax bomb on a bus in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

He is now accused of searching the internet for bomb making instructions and stealing explosives from a railway goods yard in Doncaster.

Roddis denies one charge of preparing for an act of terrorism in 2011.

A jury heard that following his release on licence in 2011, Roddis returned to researching and acquiring bomb ingredients.

It is alleged that in August 2011, Roddis disguised himself as a railway worker and stole small explosives, known as fog signals, from a locomotive in a goods yard in Doncaster.

"The defendant sought to conceal his activities by using false identities in order to conduct internet research," Prosecutor Duncan Penny is reported as saying.

Adding: "He used computers in public libraries... to conduct research on search engines and to view video clips on YouTube which were concerned with the manufacture of explosives.

"He used deception to gain access to the computers... in the full knowledge that he was prohibited by the conditions of his release on licence from accessing the internet."

The trial continues.

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