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'Neo-Nazi' amassed pipe bombs, guns to kill teacher

A FORMER soldier who stockpiled an arsenal of weapons and bombs at his mother's Kurunjang house planned to kill his former school teacher, a court heard on Friday.

County Court judge Mark Dean said Christopher Gray had made notes on how he planned to enter his teacher's house and kill the teacher, the teacher's family and their pets.

Gray was found with images of Hitler, Osama bin Laden, the Columbine high school massacre, white supremacists, Nazis, and military-style weapons on his computer.

Gray, 23, pleaded guilty to 12 charges of possessing and making explosive devices and weapons. He faces a maximum of 15 years in jail.

Prosecutor Diana Hogan told the court police searched Gray's bedroom at his mother's Kurunjang home on December 14, 2011, and found a loaded sawn-off Stirling bolt action repeater rifle with a telescopic sight, a Winchester rifle, a homemade pen knife pistol, bags of bullets, silencers, torches, knives, and knuckle-dusters.

A homemade pistol, two homemade silencers, four knuckle-dusters, three Samurai swords, and a green metal box with the words, 'Front Towards Enemy' printed on it, were found in the garage. In Gray's car there was a sawn-off shotgun, an ammunition belt with 18 cartridges, a black woollen balaclava and black gloves.

The police bomb response unit was called in and police evacuated nearby houses and blocked off streets. The unit spent three days examining the house and found numerous pipe bombs capable of causing serious injury or death.

Officers also found notebooks containing handwritten notes and drawings that included instructions on how to make explosive devices.

Defence lawyer Tim Fitzpatrick said Gray had always had a fascination with the army and joined up in 2009 before being discharged a year later when he fired a shot at the Holsworthy army barracks during training.

Judge Dean said he had a complex, difficult sentencing exercise because Gray claimed to be a neo-Nazi suffering from delusional paranoia and was found to be in possession of an arsenal of weapons and explosives.

Judge Dean said the community expected that any sentence he imposed would offer them a high degree of protection. The case was adjourned to March 18 for further submissions.

Credit: Melton Weekly

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