A man who was found with explosives and terrorist guide the "Anarchist's Cookbook" has been sentenced to jail after he was found guilty of terrorism offences.
Vaughn Dolphin, 20, was found with the substances as well as manuals including the "Big Book of Mischief". He also built a crude gun in his shed in Walsall, West Midlands and said minorities "should be shot".
The illicit materials formed a "terrorist handbook" for the man, who was tipped off to police and arrested within days of the complaint following worries of his threat to innocent lives.
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He was sentenced to eight years and six months imprisonment.
On June 27 in 2022, Dolphin was arrested by police officers from the Counter Terrorism Police and said “I’m not a terrorist, Ok I have an interest in chemicals and military memorabilia that’s all.”
After the CPS presented their case in court, it was clear to the jury that Dolphin had started to make a firearm and was in possession of explosive substances.
Nick Price, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “Vaughn Dolphin not only downloaded and collected documents useful to a terrorist, but he went one step further and attempted to make a firearm and gunpowder. This could have had devastating consequences.
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“The racist beliefs he holds are a threat to our society, and it is right that he has been sentenced today for his crimes.”
The CPS proved in court that his ‘memorabilia’ was in fact terrorist documents and publications, including step by step templates on how to make a homemade shotgun, and publications about making guns and explosives.
Extreme far-right content was also found on Dolphin’s computer and phone. A folder on Telegram was found labelled ‘right wing’ that had multiple channels in it, one titled ‘Hitler group.’
He had also posted videos online of a terrorist attack carried out in 2022, which showed a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.
Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Melbourne Inman KC told him: “The jury heard you were a member of extreme right-wing groups holding extreme racist ideas.”
Addressing the terrorist information and publications disseminated or possessed by Dolphin, the judge said of one of 11 offences: “It’s an aggravating factor that your were in contact with a number of extremists and the material was an horrific recording of multiple murders.”
As part of Dolphin’s sentence, he was also ordered to serve an extended 12-month licence period.
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