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Dudley man claimed not to know what he was going to do with home-made bombs
10:16am Monday 16th December 2013 in Local
A DUDLEY man found with home-made bombs flat claimed he did not know what he was going to do with them.
Judge John Warner told Liam Hedley, aged 28, it was clear he put together and kept the dangerous devices that created a "potential hazard to others."
Sati Ruck, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court the two bombs were made using fireworks and gunpowder and were discovered when police officers went to Hedley's flat in Wolverhampton Road.
She said the officers found a one-litre vodka bottle containing black powder, tissue power and a fuse that had three fireworks strapped to it in a rucksack at the foot of a bed.
They discovered the second device which was a glass jar containing a "low explosive composition" together with a fuse by the television.
Mrs Ruck added that ball bearings, screws and latex gloves were also found in the bedsit and tests later showed the two devices were capable of exploding.
Hedley had been arrested on an unrelated matter and when concerns were raised during questioning officers made the decision to search his flat.
He pleaded guilty to two charges of having illegal explosive substances on the basis that he was in possession of the devices but he did not know what he was going to do with them.
Malcolm Fowler, for Hedley, stressed to the court that his client had been curious but "little awareness of the potential for harm."
The judge jailed Hedley for three years for having the bombs and ruled he must spend a further two months behind bars for breaching a suspended prison sentence.