The trial of two Bermudian-born cousins living in the UK, accused of charges of terrorism continued this week.
Hisham Muhammad, 25, stands accused of plotting to use a radio-controlled drone to attack an army barracks.
His cousin, Faisal Ahmad, 24, faces a charge of failing to notify authorities of the scheme.
They were arrested after a police raid on their apartment in Whitefield in Bury, Greater Manchester in June 2018, that turned up equipment “for an alleged attack on the Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, as well as for knife attacks”.
According to the BBC news report, the court heard that “a makeshift drone attachment found in the flat”.
The court also heard that “lollipop sticks attached to an electrical component with black tape and various wires”.
The crown contends that Hisham Muhammad “wanted to use the remote-controlled aerial vehicle to drop a projectile or ‘harmful’ device”.
Prosecutors allege that he planned to launched a “lone wolf” attack on Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, which he visited before his arrest.
Jurors heard he planned to attack a military or police target in a drone and knife attack.
They also heard that the stash of weapons found included a tomahawk, a machete and bear-claws, in addition to “red lollipop sticks attached to an electrical component with black tape and various wires, described in court as a prototype of the drone attachment”.
Police also seized two Japanese “ninja eggs” – shells containing crushed chilli seeds and shards of glass, the report said.
Mr Muhammad, who is originally from Bermuda, moved to the UK in 2013, where he allegedly researched other Army and police bases.
“The court heard he made various internet searches for topics including ‘weak points of the human body for assault’, suicide belts and machetes.”
The report continued: “Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said Mr Muhammad had steeped himself in ‘barbarous’ Islamic State propaganda as he planned a ‘lone wolf’ attack in Britain.
“Ms Whyte said an examination of Mr Muhammad’s tablet computer revealed he had watched execution videos and films encouraging attacks in France and Europe.
“She told jurors the defendant had intended to commit an act of terrorism and had “plainly considered and researched the use of a drone to drop some sort of harmful device.”
The Crown also contends that he had “allegedly helped fund his activities with money from a bogus online escort agency scam”.
He has denied planning an attack, saying he had a “gift from God for making things” and that he “liked to innovate”.
His cousin Faisal Abu Ahmad, has also pleaded not guilty to failing to alert authorities of the alleged attack plan.
The case continues.