News story: Dstl forensic experts put 'revenge plotter' behind bars

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Specialists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) provided detailed evidence and expert witness statements in the trial of a man who plotted to harm police officers in West Yorkshire.

Ashkan Ebrahami, 33, was sentenced on Tuesday after being found guilty of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, possession on an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article in a public place and stalking offences. A spokesperson for Dstl’s Forensic Explosive Laboratory said:


The case related to a number of documents pertaining to the manufacture of explosives, as well as a quantity of precursor chemicals which could be used to manufacture explosives.

The main evidence for this case was prepared by one of FEL’s Principal Case Officers.

A jury at Bradford Crown Court heard how Ebrahimi became obsessed with revenge against the authorities after he was issued with a non-molestation order against his former partner by a judge in the county court and was subsequently separated from his young child. Ebrahimi targeted police officers and a judge after he became obsessed with “limitless revenge” against authority figures. A police spokesman said:


The effects of this action sowed the seeds of a deep hatred of the police that grew exponentially from that moment.

He believed that the police were committed to destroying his life and set about seeking to take extreme violent action against them.

He said Ebrahimi was arrested in October 2015 after concerns were raised by Calderdale College about his unusual interest in chemicals and wanting to develop a science lab at home. He developed a deep-seated and consuming hatred and loathing for people in authority, in the main police officers, and set about research and planning his limitless revenge against them. A large amount of chemicals were also recovered from Ebrahimi’s address, along with an extensive collection of weapons including knives, swords, crossbows and high-powered air rifles, the spokesman said. Ebrahimi had 90 videos saved that related to the creation of explosives, fuses, detonators and gunpowder. Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson said:


Ebrahimi is a very dangerous individual who posed a significant and very serious threat to police officers, police staff, solicitors and the judiciary.

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I'm surprised that Fort Halstead is still operating given that in costs money and salaries. They should farm it out to a private contractor so that it costs six times the amount. Better still... go abroad.
 
#4
Did they actually give evidence in court or where their statements accepted?

If the former then it’s the first time I’ve heard of them actually giving evidence it court. It’s not a good sign.
 
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Some air-rifles have enough velocity to be genuinely deadly - they're so powerful they're restricted and you need to put them on an FAC like any other firearms.
A cop was killed with one here 9 years ago.

Jan 31, 2009 - This afternoon police located a 5.5 calibre, gas powered air rifle, which was ... The 44-year-old sergeant was shot several times and assaulted ...
 
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Some air-rifles have enough velocity to be genuinely deadly - they're so powerful they're restricted and you need to put them on an FAC like any other firearms.
Exactly; this nutter was highly unlikely to be granted an FAC.

Calling them "high powered" is the agenda driven BS that's become all too common with the UK media.
 
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So not a non FAC air rifle in the UK then.
I think at the time that you could buy any gas powered rifle over the counter if you were 16 or over.
The law has now been changed.
The cop was in an undercover drug squad and was attempting to attach a tracking device to a car.
The offender was a big drug dealer.
 
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I think at the time that you could buy any gas powered rifle over the counter if you were 16 or over.
The law has now been changed.
The cop was in an undercover drug squad and was attempting to attach a tracking device to a car.
The offender was a big drug dealer.
I'm really hoping the offender ended up in a box.
 
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I'm really hoping the offender ended up in a box.
Off the top of my head, I think he got 18-20 years in the slammer. He will probably be out in the near future.
An odd story that came out in the case was that a female uniform cop lived in the same area as the Sgt, and belonged to the same squash club that he was a committee member of, and she had no idea whatsoever that he was a fellow cop.
 

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