Leeds Man Sentenced for Possessing Terrorist Material | Counter Terrorism Policing

Leeds Man Sentenced for Possessing Terrorist Material

A man from Leeds has been sentenced to two years and two months imprisonment after he was found guilty of terrorism offences at the Old Bailey.

A jury found 33 year old Pawel Golaszewski guilty of six counts of possessing a document or record containing information of a kindly likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, on Wednesday September 18, 2019. He was arrested last February following an intelligence led investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East; He said:

“Being in possession of documents such as those recovered from Golaszewski’s devices is a very serious offence.

“The jury felt there was no reasonable excuse for Golaszewski to seek out and retain detailed information about how to kill people, step by step instructions for making high grade explosives and guerrilla warfare techniques.

Golaszewski’s interest in this material is deeply concerning particularly in light of his support for right wing causes and his racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration views.

“While his intentions for the possession of this material are unknown, the fact remains that these publications represent a threat to public safety. Their potential to be used by those intent on causing harm to others should not be underestimated.

“Individuals who possess, share or promote such material pose a risk that cannot be ignored and they will always be prosecuted.   

“If you have any information about suspicious or terrorist activity, then please ACT and call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or via www.gov.uk/ACT.”