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Teenager waits to hear if he will face bomb-making charge

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

up in court:  Stuart Lee, 18, admitted stealing acids and cyanide granules. He could face further charges.

Stuart Lee

BOMB-MAKING charges against a Lydney teenager have still not been authorised by the Attorney General.

Stuart Lee, 18, is accused of stealing deadly cyanide and acid but Gloucester Crown Court heard the Attorney General has so far refused to authorise further charges.

However Gloucestershire's Crown Prosecution Service has refused to take no for an answer and is trying again to persuade the Attorney General to allow the charge to be brought.

Lee, of School Road, Pillowell, Lydney, has pleaded guilty to burglary of Whitecroft Essentials Ltd and theft of hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid and cyanide granules worth a total of £200 on September 11.

He was due to be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday but the case did not proceed as planned because the CPS still wants to bring a bomb-making charge.

Julian Kesner, prosecuting, told the court that when the original application was made to the Attorney General for authority to bring such a charge, it was believed the quantity of cyanide involved was 50g.

But since the refusal by the Attorney General, it has transpired the quantity was 73g, which is why he is being asked to consider it again, said Mr Kesner.

"In itself, potassium cyanide is inert and needs something to trigger it," he said.

"If in a small confined container such as a paint tin, it could be mixed together to create a gas which would be of such volume that it would result in either the lid of the tin being pushed off or alternatively it would result in the side of the tin rupturing.

"It is the crown's case that it is therefore capable of making an explosive device."

Lee has also admitted burglary of Creative Forest Foods Ltd and theft of a computer, a monitor, a knife and flour worth a total of £100 on the same date. He was remanded in custody and the case will be back before the court again today.

Judge Jamie Tabor will then hear from the prosecution about how they plan to proceed in relation to these bomb-making charges.

The judge also told Lee that there was no need for him to attend today's hearing.