Extremist admits terrorism and explosive offences

Thursday, May 7, 2020

A political extremist has been convicted after pleading guilty to possessing explosives and a collection of instructions on how to make homemade bombs.

Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 25, of Luton, Bedfordshire, was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism unit on December 11 last year.

Police had suspected him due to his interest in firearms and firearm attacks, his purchase of materials for an improvised explosive device and frequent right-wing rhetoric.

When they searched his bedsit they found handwritten notes, electrical component parts and a 2kg bag of explosive sulphur powder.

His electronic devices revealed an interest in firearms, knives and killings as well as extreme right-wing views.

The investigation also found memes depicting support for the Christchurch attack in which 51 Muslims were killed, and a copy of the attacker’s “manifesto”.

The defendant had also allegedly searched the internet for Nazis, Hitler, the Polish Defence League and Britain First.

During a virtual hearing at the Old Bailey yesterday, Bednarczyk admitted one count of possessing an explosive substance under suspicious circumstances between May and December last year and seven charges of possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, in relation to various titles about homemade explosives.

Prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds asked for sentencing to be held at a later date, saying a psychiatric report was being prepared.

Bednarczyk has been remanded in custody until a date for sentencing is set.

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