A GRANDFATHER has been found guilty of preparing explosives to deal with yobs who targeted his home.
Nicholas Smith, 53, snapped while drunk after hearing eggs had been thrown at his home again and went on the internet to learn how to make a bomb.
Police found Smith trying to make napalm in his kitchen, when they called at his home to investigate the vandalism.
When an officer asked him what he was doing, Smith swore at him and said: “What does it look like? I’m making a bomb.”
Smith, of Twelfth Street, Horden, was yesterday found guilty of making an explosive substance with intent to endanger life, or cause serious damage to property, after a seven-day trial at Teesside Crown Court.
Smith sobbed and looked at his wife and daughter in the public gallery, after the jury of seven women and five men returned the majority verdict after five hours of deliberation.
During the trial, Smith said he and his family had been plagued by yobs since he moved to Horden from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, last September.
Within four days, he had tools stolen from his back yard and police received nine reports of antisocial behaviour over the following months.
Smith described it as a “nightmare”, and said it was like living in a prison.
After another incident on May 4, Smith posted a message on a social network site saying: “War has been declared. Eggs thrown at mine tonight.
“To hell with the cops, I will burn them tonight.”
Then on Sunday, May 8, he was at Horden Labour Club, where he had been drinking heavily, when he was told eggs had again been thrown at his house.
He rang police and warned: “Now there will be trouble because you lot haven’t stopped it.”
The case had to be given the consent of the Attorney General for Smith to be prosecuted.
Judge Tony Briggs did not give any indication about what sentence Smith, a former school caretaker, can expect.
Smith was remanded in custody. A sentence date has still to be fixed.