White supremacist Ian Davison jailed over ricin terror crimes

A WHITE supremacist from County Durham who became the first person in Britain to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon has been jailed for 10 years.

A WHITE supremacist from County Durham who became the first person in Britain to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon has been jailed for 10 years.

Ian Davison (left) and son Nicky Davison (right)
Ian Davison (left) and son Nicky Davison (right)

Racist Ian Davison, 42, manufactured enough ricin to kill nine people and kept it in a jar in his kitchen for two years.

He was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court alongside his teenage son Nicky, who was a fellow member of a group known as the Aryan Strike Force. Davison Jnr was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution.

Other alleged members of the racist organisation are expected to face trial later this year.

Davison Snr, of Myrtle Grove, Burnopfield, previously admitted producing a chemical weapon, preparing acts of terrorism, three counts of possessing material useful to commit acts of terror and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon.

His 19-year-old son, of Grampian Court, Annfield Plain, County Durham, was convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror following a trial a fortnight ago.

The charges related to downloading copies of the Anarchist’s Cookbook and The Poor Man’s James Bond on two computers.

Davison Snr created ricin at his home in 2006 or early 2007, Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said.

It was found when police raided the property in June last year and was now stored at the UK’s Porton Down chemical weapons centre.

ricin, Ian Davison
ricin, Ian Davison

Davison Snr researched how to make the killer chemical and then followed instructions, having bought its easily-sourced ingredients.

Mr Edis said: “He was a leading member of the ASF which was a neo-Nazi organisation dedicated to using violence. Its slogan was ‘Whatever it takes’.

“The purpose of the violence was the creation of an international Aryan group who would establish white supremacy in white countries. They were followers of the ideology of Adolf Hitler, who they revered, and whose work Mein Kampf was among many available on their website.”

Mr Edis said the ASF had around 350 members recruited via the internet, though not all were active. Other alleged members will face trial later this year. The Crown said the group had not picked out particular targets, but had run a training camp in Cumbria and made promotional films.

Members discussed posting cockroaches through letterboxes of Asian restaurants and shops with the aim of encouraging infestations and getting them closed down.

Toby Hedworth QC, defending, said a psychological report showed Davison Snr was a “superwimp not a savage” who had a “fragile ego”.

“A very small amount (of ricin) was eventually produced and nothing was done with it,” he said.

Peter Carter QC, for Davison Jnr, said he was of previous good character and had been corrupted by his father. He has now thrown away any chance of a career in the Army.

 

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