25-year-old Hisham Muhammad is accused of having collected an arsenal of weapons for an attack on a military base, including glass-filled ninja eggs and crushed chili peppers
A suspected ISIS supporter accused of planning a "lone wolf" attack on the British army or police had "ninja eggs with broken glass and crushed chili peppers" under a horde of weapons, a court heard.
25-year-old Hisham Muhammad is accused of having collected an arsenal with various knives and a temporary stun gun at his home in Whitefield, Greater Manchester.
Old Bailey was told he was investigating army bases as part of his conspiracy, and the jury saw images of the glass ninja eggs for the first time today.
Robert Lewis, a forensic scientist with 34 years of experience, examined the contents of the Greater Manchester police and informed the court that the eggs contained an orange or brown powder with a strong, spicy smell and broken glass.
The first egg contained 16.6 g powder and the second 5.4 g.
Dr. Lewis informed the judges that the powder contained lacquer chemicals that would be extremely irritating to the eyes and other mucous membranes in the body.
He said, "If this type of chemical got into your eye, your body would produce tears."
Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said: “This type of chemical occurs in plants in the pepper family, which include chilli peppers.
"You said you thought the orange or brown powder could be chopped pods from the chilli plant mixed with broken glass originally from a drinking glass."
The eggs depicted would have been used as a "disorientation aid" by a weapons expert, and the crushed chili peppers could have been "extremely irritating" to the eyes
There was a huge knife under arms in Mohammed's house in Greater Manchester
Mohammad (left) and Ahmad (right) are both on trial at Old Bailey in London. They are shown together in a court sketch
Ms. Whyte previously informed the court that the prosecutor's office believed that the eggs could be used as a guide in combination with other weapons found, including knives, machetes, and hogweed.
In the meantime, the court heard that explosives officers were called in to raid the house. Only when they saw sketches in a notebook did they realize that it was a potential bomb factory.
Sergeant David Podmore, an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) officer who served in Afghanistan, spent two days examining items found in the Whitefield house.
When he returned the next morning, the officers gave him a booklet with a series of sketches that showed how to drop a bomb from a remote-controlled drone.
He told old Bailey that at first he thought the house could "belong to someone interested in circuitry".
Sgt Podmore added that the information officers have determined that they may be relevant to the possible construction of an IED (improvised explosive device) with a drone.
A gold-plated notebook contained a reference to a DJI Phantom drone and the construction of a restraint system under a drone with reference to "popsicles", pens and a "trigger mechanism".
There was an image of an airplane wing with items underneath, a test tube, and a reference to a servo and a capacitor.
Notes were also found in the picture, suggesting that he was planning to use a drone to drop a bomb
A selection of knives was found on the property's windowsill, along with an apparently British passport
There was also a picture of a "bomb" to be attached to a drone with fins.
After looking at the sketches, the explosives officer informed the court that he had examined lollipop sticks that were used to build a "trigger mechanism" that could be attached to the drone.
The court heard that test tubes with a white substance were found inside, but flour was found during the investigation.
The landlord of the rented house had called in the police to fight terrorism. He was alarmed to find electrical equipment and a set of knives in an upstairs bedroom.
The landlord went to the police after he showed up to claim the unpaid rent from the two tenants, originally from Bermuda
In June last year, officers who searched the property found four axes, a self-welded weapon that had been welded together, and a supply of kitchen knives.
In the house and in the shed, they also found the box for a mini FPV drone, a SG101 drone and two & # 39; Salvation Max & # 39; helicopters.
There were also a number of Army recruitment brochures, including a typed letter from the Fifth Fusiliers in Bury, which the prosecutor said could have been a target for the attack.
Notes in French were also found that appear to have been taken from an ISIS propaganda video.
Muhammad lived in the house with his cousin Faisal Ahmad (24) and slept in the same room, while supposedly using the other two rooms upstairs to build and store weapons.
The court heard that he allegedly intended to copy the drone attack method used by rebels in Iraq using funds he had gathered from a fake escort agency.
Ms. Whyte said the police found another leaflet with soccer players on the front, on the inside of which was a handwriting "relevant to the attempt to make explosive material."
Pictures from Mohammed's house show a variety of materials and devices
A third booklet found on the side of a sofa upstairs had a page titled "The Recipe" that related to hydrogen chloride, while another contained a sketch of a pressure cooker that could also be used to make a bomb .
The weapons found in the house included a stainless steel kitchen knife found in a drawer in the kitchen, as well as three knife blades with a length of 9 cm to 20 cm.
Two more knives were found in an upstairs bedroom – one was another kitchen knife and the other a curved blade with a cover.
In the large front bedroom, behind a mattress on the floor, there was an ax in a MTech USA case. A Gerber machete was leaning against the chimney.
On the floor next to the chimney was a tomahawk ax with feathers. An ax with a curved blade was found under the window and a fourth ax was found on the floor between the window and the sofa
In an unused refrigerator in the kitchen was an Arczoo welder from whom an improvised ax had been made.
A red chicken cottage polo shirt had several slashes that Muhammad accused of practicing for a knife attack.
A pizza box found in the wastebasket with a union flag and the words "In the heart" had been cut three times with a knife.
The box for a Tesco vacuum cleaner had also been cut open with a knife.
One electronic item was described as a "provisional stun gun" and there were a total of four pairs of camouflage pants and a black face mask.
Muhammad denies the preparation of acts of terrorism and Ahmad denies that he did not inform the police. The case continues.
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