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'The Terrorist' admits possessing explosives and stealing acid

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

Gloucester Crown Court

Gloucester Crown Court

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TEENAGER Stuart Lee – dubbed "The Terrorist" by fellow inmates in prison – has admitted an explosives charge.

The 18-year-old admitted charges of arson and possessing explosives in the Forest of Dean when he appeared at Gloucester Crown Court.

The explosives allegation was put to him after the charge was specially approved by the Solicitor General at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Lee, of School Road, Pillowell, near Lydney, pleaded guilty to possessing hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid and potassium cyanide between September 10 and 13 "in such circumstances as to give rise to reasonable suspicion that it was not for a lawful purpose".

He also admitted that on July 12 this year he damaged a railway carriage belonging to the Old Heritage Railway Line by fire, either intending arson or being reckless.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said the arson charge was a direct substitute for a previous allegation that Lee had made a nail bomb.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC ordered a psychiatric report on Lee and said that it must address the question of whether Lee is "dangerous" within the meaning of the law and therefore at risk of an indefinite custodial sentence.

At an earlier hearing, Lee had already 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 also admitted burglary of Creative Forest Foods Ltd and theft of a computer, a monitor, a knife and a quantity of flour worth a total of £100 on the same date.

And he is also to be sentenced for a series of offences committed by magistrates to the crown court.

These include shoplifting, having an offensive weapon, using threatening behaviour, possession of cannabis, possession of amphetamines and twice failing to surrender to bail.

Heavily tattooed Lee, who has short blond hair and wore a lime green polo shirt at yesterday's hearing, was told by Judge Tabor that it would be in his interests to co-operate with the psychiatrist who interviews him.

"Yes, fine," said Lee.

At an earlier hearing, the court was told that Lee claimed to have stolen the cyanide only because he wanted to kill rats on his father's land.

He also claimed that he took hydrochloric and sulphuric acid just because he wanted to see if it would burn through metal.

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  • Hackingtackle  |  December 22 2012, 10:42AM

    Heavily tattooed? They should lock him up and throw away the key.

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  • Lecorche  |  December 22 2012, 9:20AM

    This lad should be helped. Education would be my first choice by sending him to the nearest foreign minefield and letting him dismantle the planted hardware for a year and a day (whichever ends first). He'd never be out of a worthwhile job then as his services would be in demand worldwide. Maybe he'd be able to pay back something from his wages to defray the aggro he's caused up to now. Whatever the outcome it's a win,win situation.

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