A right-wing sympathizer who claimed to have explosives and a collection of instructions on how to make homemade bombs out of curiosity and boredom has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 26, of Luton, Bedfordshire, was arrested in December 2019 by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Unit.
Judge Anthony Leonard QC, convicted at the Old Bailey, told Bednarczyk that the background to his insult was “concerning.”
Police seized chemicals during a house search of his apartment in March 2018, but instead of this as a warning that he shouldn’t have had them, agents found more offensive material at a different address later in 2019.
The judge told Bednarczyk that he “was sure that you had an interest in making a bomb and not fireworks.”
The judge said he felt some of Bednarczyk’s evidence was contradictory, but he was convinced that his right-wing sympathies were the driving force behind his actions.
Bednarczyk had previously admitted to possessing an explosive substance, sulfur powder, under suspicious circumstances between May and December last year.
He also pleaded guilty to seven charges of possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing a terrorist attack involving various titles on home-made explosives, including Semtex and black powder.
A search of his room led to the discovery of handwritten notes, electrical parts and a 2 kg bag of sulfur powder in the back of a wardrobe.
There was a container of electronic components that could have been used to make a detonator.
The judge sentenced him to four years in prison with another year of license.
In addition, there is a 15-year reporting order in which he must report his personal data to the police.
Bednarczyk said he bought potassium nitrate and sulfur over the Internet, but later tried to return them because he had “no interest in them.”
Bednarczyk said he hadn’t opened the sulfur and told the court, “Out of boredom, I thought of experimenting with the chemicals for a bit of excitement in the garden.”
He said he left them in his wardrobe and forgot them and only printed documents about explosives to make them easier to read.
Bednarczyk said he doesn’t remember having potassium nitrate in his house because he was depressed and drinking after his ex-partner’s suicide in March 2018.
This was a day after the deceased was arrested by officers seeking the address in connection with another investigation into possession of indecent images.
A cardboard box containing two glass mason jars of yellow and white powder with the inscription sulfur and potassium nitrate was spotted on a bookshelf by officers who came to watch the suicide.
Bednarczyk was told to flush them down the toilet and no further action was taken.
The substances were eventually removed and disposed of by the police.
The judge said he believed the prosecution claims that Bednarczyk later told a colleague that he was concerned about the impending police investigation surrounding his friend’s arrest.
This was because, although he was not involved in the alleged crimes, he feared that agents would find his bomb-making online.
The father of one has done a variety of jobs since arriving in the UK from Poland in 2013, ranging from shop work to configuration engineering.
A folder was also found containing hundreds of pages of US patents, Polish text, scientific articles and other information about explosives.
Expert analysis of the material was that it contained “executable instructions for a range of explosive materials, including low explosives, primary high explosives, and secondary high explosives” and “executable instructions for a number of types of IED,” prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds told the court. .
Officers also found a notebook with four pages of code and diagrams.
The images could have possibly helped someone build a firing set for an IED, but many of the electrical devices mentioned also had innocent uses, the court heard.
Copies of pages of the book on homemade Semtex provided “accurate information” about the explosive, the court heard.
Bednarczyk has downloaded a large number of documents and images about explosives.
They came up with names like Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Designs, Incendiarys – Advanced Improvised Explosives, Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, CIA Explosives for Sabotage manual, Complete instructions on how to build on-detectable hand granades, and The Mujahideen Explosives handbook, the prosecution said.
Bednarczyk accepted right-wing sympathies but denied being a neo-Nazi.
He said he was not targeting or planning to harm any particular group and “deeply” regretted his “bad decision-making,” the court heard.
Bednarczyk said his bulk downloads of material covered a wide variety of topics that didn’t focus exclusively on the far right.
It was motivated by “an element of curiosity” along with “boredom and looking for excitement,” he said.