Home-made bomb kept in garage

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2012

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A South Auckland man who burgled his former flatmate and kept a home-made bomb hidden in his garage has been jailed for 15 months.

Matthew Dean Reynolds, 36, was sentenced in the Pukekohe District Court last month after admitting 11 charges including possession of explosives, drugs, burglary and breach of bail.

According to District Court sentencing notes, police visited Reynolds' home in September 2011 to arrest him over several crimes including receiving a stolen trailer, a stolen Honda motorcycle and a stolen Nissan motor vehicle over a two-year period.

Police searched Reynolds property and in a hallway cupboard found a sawn-off shotgun wrapped in a blanket.

In the basement garage, police found an "improvised explosive device" which consisted of several small canisters containing flammable gas strapped tightly together, packed into a metal tube and wrapped with light gauze tie wire.
 
A car's glow plug was fitted between the gas canisters and connected to wires, ready to be connected to a power source to ignite the bomb, the sentencing notes reveal.

Sergeant Noel Foster said Reynolds denied responsibility for the bomb when interviewed by police.

"His explanation was that he was given [the bomb] by an associate and it just sat in his garage," he said.

It was unclear what Reynolds intended to do with the bomb.

At Reynolds sentencing at the Pukekohe District Court Judge Sharon McAuslan ordered the ammunition, shotgun and bomb be destroyed.

Reynolds was also sentenced for burgling the home of his former flatmate in April this year. At the time he was in a relationship with the victim's sister.

Judge McAuslan said Reynolds stole a television, console and a video camera valued at around $2000 because he felt "frustrated because you had previously had things stolen from you".

"It is accepted that the bulk of this offending arises out of your addiction to drugs," Judge McAuslan said.

She added that Reynolds displayed remorse but "showed a sense of entitlement" and attempted to justify his actions to reduce his culpability.

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