Doncaster man jailed for failed bomb attack

19/07/2010

A Doncaster man was jailed indefinitely for attempting to detonate a home made bomb outside a council office in Doncaster.

James Wilson will serve at least three and a half years in jail for the incident at Concorde House, in April 2009, after admitting to making an explosive substance with intent to endanger property.

Speaking after the hearing at Doncaster Crown Court, Adrian Lower, Head of the South Yorkshire and Humberside CPS Complex Casework Unit said:

'On the night of April 22 2009, James Wilson took a home made explosive device to Concorde House, Doncaster which, had it worked in the way that he intended, would have caused significant damage and could have put the lives of members of the emergency services and others at risk.

The device was made of gas canisters, accelerants and screws and designed to explode on being set alight. Mr Wilson attempted to detonate the device by throwing a Molotov cocktail at it, but fortunately he was unsuccessful. Whatever grievance and individual may have, there are no circumstances which can justify the endangerment of life and property in this way.

Offences of this type are rare but South Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service worked with the police to put a strong case before the courts so that Mr Wilson could be brought to justice and the public could be reassured.'