Frustrated Wearside dad cooked up napalm recipe after being plagued by nuisance neighbours, court told

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A DAD resorted to building a home-made bomb after being tormented by antisocial behaviour in his street, a court heard.

Days before police found Nicholas Smith making the concoction, the Horden 53-year-old posted a message on his Facebook page declaring war on his neighbours, a jury was told.

Smith was seen by a policeman, called to his home after a report of eggs being thrown at his window, mixing the apparent contents of an explosive device in a saucepan.

When Pc Gary Fildes asked Smith what he was doing with the soap and lighter fluid, an anxious Smith swore and told the officer: “What does it look like?

“Go and check on the computer upstairs. I’m making a bomb.”

After arresting Smith, Pc Fildes returned to the house in Twelfth Street, saw on Smith’s computer the website “Anarchist Kit – How to make a bomb. 22 ways to kill” on display.

In the middle of the screen were instructions on how to make a napalm bomb, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Ordinary household items alleged to have been used in making an explosive device, including grated soap, a tin of lighter fluid and a saucepan, were seized and sent for forensic tests.

Prosecutor Dan Cordey said: “Those items, together with the information on the website, were examined by a scientist in the laboratory.

“Her conclusion was that an attempt had been made to produce a thickened fuel mixture from the lighter fluid and the soap.

“The crown’s case is that this was a crude attempt to produce a thickened fluid mixture or napalm.”

He said such a mixture is not explosive, but could be used in an improvised incendiary or explosive device such as a Molotov cocktail.

He asked the jury to consider what Smith intended to do with the mixture, and referred to the Facebook message Smith had posted “declaring war”.

Smith is alleged to have said upon his arrest that he was “making a big bomb” and added: “I just wanted to kill, I’d just had enough.”

The court heard he described how he had been hassled “day-after-day”, how he was “terrorised in his own home by kids doing things like dropping their trousers and throwing eggs”.

Mr Cordey said the prosecution do not suggest Smith is a terrorist, or that his actions were part of any carefully thought-out plan.

“Actions directed against him and his family had clearly affected him,” said Mr Cordey. “It may be he was coming towards the end of tether.”

Smith denies making an explosive substance with intent by means to endanger life or cause injury, and making an explosive substance with intent to give rise to a reasonable suspicion he had not made it for a lawful object, on May 8.


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