County Durham father Ian Davison is the first man in England and Wales to be convicted of a terrorism-related offence involving the fatal poison Ricin, said Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division lawyer Stuart Laidlaw.
Mr Laidlaw described Ian Davison and his son, Nicky, who were sentenced today at Newcastle Crown Court, as: “Nazi zealots who believed in white supremacy and revered Adolf Hitler. They hated minority ethnic groups, be they Black, Asian, Muslim or Jewish.
“A search of Ian Davison’s home resulted in the discovery of a quantity of Ricin. Expert evidence suggested it was about 10 fatal doses. Ian Davison made that Ricin.
“I decided that Ian Davison should be charged with producing a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Act 1996. He is the first person to be convicted of that offence in the UK. I was also satisfied that the evidence as a whole supported a charge of preparing for acts of terrorism.“
Mr Laidlaw said that the evidence for preparing for acts of terrorism included:
• Ian Davidson’s production of Ricin;
• Collection and distribution of terror manuals;
• Internet posts encouraging violence for the “cause”.
He added: “There was also his production and posting of a video showing pipe bombs being detonated. Recovered from his computer were chat room conversations with like-minded persons about potential acts of terror.
“It may be that there was no specific plan or target but the law does not require there to be.
“People should make no mistake about how serious Ian and Nicky Davison were in their hatred of anyone who they considered a “threat” to “their” race. It is clear that they wanted to take violent, direct action and to that end they both downloaded terror manuals from the internet.”
While Ian Davison pleaded guilty to six charges, his son Nicky denied three of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. After a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, he was convicted on 30th April 2010.
Mr Laidlaw said: “This case demonstrates, yet again, that the Crown Prosecution Service will actively prosecute those who pursue terrorism as a way of achieving their ends, whatever their background, cause or motives.”