- Ian Forman, 41, allegedly planned to attack two mosques in Liverpool
- He appeared at the Old Bailey today to face a single terrorism charge
- The court that he had made and tested improvised explosive devices
A would-be terrorist planned to make homemade bombs packed with nails and ball bearings then explode them in mosques, a court heard today.
Ian Forman, 41, of Birkenhead, Merseyside, allegedly labelled two Liverpool mosques as ‘targets’ before making a string of YouTube posts threatening to ‘blow them up’.
He is accused of stock-piling potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal, and drawing up a shopping list of bomb components, as well as creating spreadsheets for the prices of chemicals needed, and where they would be stocked.
Forman appeared at the Old Bailey today to face a single charge of engaging in conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts.
Dressed in a grey striped shirt and supported by his wife and brother in the public gallery, he spoke only to confirm his name.
Prosecutor Rebecca Mundy said: ‘Mr Forman researched mosques in his local area, researching their locations, and saving photos of them on his computer.
‘He labelled them as “target one” and “target two”.’
His alleged targets were the Wirral Islamic Centre and the Penny Lane Mosque, she said.
The court heard Forman also allegedly made and tested improvised explosive devices, and ran tests on ‘black powder’.
The charge, under terrorist legislation, accuses him of having ‘in your possession potassium nitrate, sulphur, and charcoal; made lists for required components; created spreadsheets reflecting prices and stockists of the chemicals required; made and tested improvised explosive devices; made and tested black powder; researched mosques and Islamic Centres in the local area, saved photographs of them labelling them as “targets”, and expressed your intention of “blowing them up” with the use of “nails and ball bearings”.’
Forman was charged earlier this month and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 7.
Mr Justice Sweeney today rejected an application for bail and remanded Forman in custody until his next court appearance. He will be produced to enter a plea to the charge on January 14.
The judge set a provision trial date for March 3 next year.