A serving soldier who produced a homemade nail bomb was today [Friday, 28 November] jailed for two years.
Private Ryan McGee, 19, of Eccles, Greater Manchester, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after earlier pleading guilty to making an Improvised Explosive Device and possession of a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook – a 1970s guide to making bombs and illegal drugs.
Ryan McGee was serving with 5th Battalion The Rifles in Paderborn, Germany, in December 2013 when the nail bomb was discovered in his Salford home by police officers.
He had surfed the internet, bought supplies and watched videos and read books about how to make explosive devices. He was detained by Royal Military Police and later flown back to the UK, where he was charged with terrorism offences.
Mari Reid, of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, said: “Ryan McGee constructed the nail bomb at home using parts he had sourced locally.
“This was a crude but viable device that, at the point of explosion, would have sent glass fragments and metal screws flying. Had it been detonated this device had the potential to kill or seriously maim anyone unfortunate enough to be nearby.”
Notes to editors:
At a previous hearing at the Old Bailey on 3 October 2014, Ryan McGee pleaded guilty to:
- Count one: Possession of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terror, namely The Anarchist Cookbook
- Count two: Making explosives contrary to the Explosives Substance Act, namely making an Improvised Explosive Device
For count one, Ryan McGee was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. For count two, Ryan McGee was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, set to run concurrently.