May 2014:Martyn Gilleard has now been released and is living in a hostel somewhere in South Yorks
Jailed for 16 years: Neo-Nazi paedophile found guilty of planning race war
A neo-Nazi paedophile who had four nail bombs under the bed he let his five-year-old son sleep in, has been jailed for 16 years.
White-supremacist Martyn Gilleard was found guilty on Tuesday of two counts of terror offences and had pleaded guilty to possessing 39,000 indecent images and owning ammunition without a licence.
Judge Millford said: “You claimed that your political fascism was burning out by the time of your arrest, but it was still burning bright.”
The week long trial at Leeds Crown Court heard that Gilleard’s home in Goole, East Yorks., was initially searched by police looking for indecent images of children.
Martyn Gilleard, 31, idolised Adolf Hitler and urged sympathisers to act to preserve the ‘purity of the white race’.
When police raided his flat they found bullets, swords, knives and four nail bombs under a bed used by his five-year-old child.
Officers also found DIY bomb manuals, a guide on making a sub-machine gun and internet instructions on carrying out assassinations by poison.
A speech he had recorded in a notebook mentioned ‘killing Muslims, blowing up mosques and fighting back’.
Police found the material at his flat in Goole, East Yorkshire, while searching for child pornography. They discovered 39,000 indecent images on his computers.
Gilleard was a member of the extremist British People’s Party and the National Front
Outside court, Detective Chief Superintendent John Parkinson, head of the counter-terrorism unit in Leeds, said Gilleard was extremely dangerous.
He added: ‘He considers himself to be a British nationalist. He is in fact a terrorist, a man prepared to use violence to divide, or perhaps even attack, our communities.
‘Not only has he openly expressed extreme far-Right views and a desire to act on them, he also had the capability to do so.
‘Gilleard had access to weapons and, more frighteningly, explosives. He had even gone as far as to create small hand-held bombs.
‘We can only assume that his intention was to use them and we are thankful we were able to intervene before he had an opportunity to do so.
‘Literature found at his home exposed Gilleard’s anti-Semitic views, his cultural and racial intolerance and his hatred for religion.
‘They also demonstrated his readiness to use threats and intimidation to further his cause.’ Gilleard was found guilty today on charges of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and collecting information for terrorist purposes.
At an earlier hearing, the forklift truck driver admitted possessing 34 cartridges of ammunition without a firearms certificate.
At the beginning of the terror trial, Gilleard also pleaded guilty to ten counts of possessing child pornography.
He claimed he was a bored internet surfer with an innocent interest in weapons and did not intend to harm anyone.
The prosecution convinced the jury that Gilleard was preparing for acts of terrorism.
Andrew Edis, QC, prosecuting, said the defendant had copied long sections of the Anarchist’s Cookbook from the internet.
This work includes sections on letter bombs, an explosive pen, pipe hand grenades, light-bulb bombs, carbon dioxide bombs and obtaining acid from aspirin.
Mr Edis said Gilleard’s walls were covered with Nazi posters and his flat filled with fascist ornaments and memorabilia.
He said: ‘This is a man who did have a profound interest in and admiration for Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist movement.’
Detectives found a document in his flat which was a blueprint for the formation of an extremist group with a ‘mobile strike force’.