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Sentencing due for man with poison recipe and bomb documents

By Pat Hurst

A man who had a recipe for a deadly poison and documents about how to build bombs will be sentenced for terror offences today.

Asim Kausar, 25, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, had the information on a computer memory stick which contained details about the toxin ricin and how to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The documents were entitled Improvised Munitions Handbook and Unconventional Warfare Devices and Techniques.

The information only came to light after Kausar's family suffered a burglary and the memory stick was handed to police so officers could view CCTV images of the break-in recorded on the device.

Kausar's hoard of terror-related information came to light when police analysed the memory stick.

He told officers he had downloaded the information because of "curiosity and a thirst for knowledge".

Kausar, of Bardon Close, Halliwell, Bolton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to four counts of collecting a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, between January 1, 2009 and June 4, 2011.

He pleaded not guilty to a fifth count of the same charge which was ordered to lie on file.

The prosecution accepted the defendant had only "skim-read" the information and had not put it to any practical use. There was also no evidence to suggest Kausar had any links to terrorists or had tried to pass the information on to others.

Kausar will be sentenced later today at Manchester Crown Court.

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