No5 barrister leads prosecution in West Midlands terrorism trial

Fri, 28 Feb 2020

Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers is leading the prosecution in the trial of a teenager who is accused of terrorism offences.

Matthew Brook told Birmingham Crown Court that the 16-year-old from Rugby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had become ‘radicalised so he fully believed in extreme right-wing ideology’.

The teenager has denied a charge of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

The teenager has also pleaded not guilty to six counts of collecting terrorism information under section 58 of the Terrorism Act.

The counts involve alleged terrorist documents relating to ‘homemade’ firearms manuals.

The teenager was arrested on September 3 last year at his home address.

Opening the case against the teenager, prosecutor Matthew Brook said: "The evidence will show that he searched the internet for information on firearms, ammunition and weapons.

“Having found that information, he did not keep it to himself but shared information about how to make homemade guns to people he believed shared the same extreme right-wing ideology and views of an impending race war as him.

“The evidence will show that he searched for information about where to buy a blank-firing gun, which he discussed converting to a real live-firing gun with others."

The trial continues.

To read more about this case, visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-51632722        

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