Swansea man jailed for stashing terror manuals

19 June 2017, 13:04

Lee Griffiths

A mentally unstable man from South West Wales has been jailed for having a stash of bomb-making manuals and instructions on how to carry out "lone wolf'' terror attacks.

Lee Griffiths was branded a "dangerous" man after he was caught hoarding terrorist material, including copies of a magazine from the so-called Islamic State.

The 26-year-old Muslim convert also had graphic videos showing prisoners being killed.

Griffiths, from Western Road, Clydach, Swansea, admitted five counts of possessing information which may be useful to someone who commits or prepares acts of terrorism and one of dissemination of a terrorist publication.

The Old Bailey heard Griffiths had been handed a hospital order in 2011 after he carried out a knife attack on his mother and had twice been stopped by police for carrying blades in public.

The extremist material was uncovered after police raided his bedroom and seized his mobile phone in January this year.

Even though Griffiths was not charged with planning a terror attack, a judge said he could not rule out the threat he could have posed in the future.

Sentencing Griffiths to five years and four months in prison, Mr Justice Saunders said: "It cannot, in my judgement, be ruled out that at some stage, because of his mental instability, the defendant could have made use of the information to carry out a terrorist outrage.

"Whatever the nature of the defendant's mental problem, I accept that he is vulnerable but he is also dangerous. He has shown that he can be extremely violent for no reason and his radicalisation and beliefs cause considerable concern.

Mr Justice Saunders made a recommendation that on Griffiths' release, conditions of residence be attached to keep a "close eye" on his activities and, if possible, to monitor his access to the internet.

His defence said it was difficult to mitigate in the wake of recent atrocities but stressed the defendant was a "young man with a history of psychiatric illness''.

The barrister said his client never intended to carry out any acts of terrorism and was not a member of a banned group.

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