Lowestoft terror trial latest
A LOWESTOFT woman who met an alleged white supremacist terrorist in an internet chat room told a court he spoke of his dislike of Asian people.Divorcee Stephanie Alam told the Old Bailey yesterday that she had exchanged messages for several weeks with Neil Lewington who is said to have been preparing to launch a terror campaign after building a bomb factory at his home Berkshire.
A LOWESTOFT woman who met an alleged white supremacist terrorist in an internet chat room told a court he spoke of his dislike of Asian people.
Divorcee Stephanie Alam told the Old Bailey yesterday that she had exchanged messages for several weeks with Neil Lewington who is said to have been preparing to launch a terror campaign after building a bomb factory at his home Berkshire.
Lewington, 43, had told Mrs Alam he was a “fit and athletic DJ” and was on his way to meet her for the first time when he was arrested at Lowestoft station on October 30, after drinking and smoking on the train and urinating on the platform.
The jury has been told that he was carrying components for two home-made bombs and a search of his Reading home disclosed a notebook entitled "Waffen SS UK members' handbook' and a "production line' for bomb making.
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Lewington denies eight charges including preparing for terrorism, having articles and documents for terrorism and possessing explosives to endanger life.
Mrs Alam told the court her husband had been Asian but they divorced because he beat her repeatedly.
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“I just said my ex-husband used to hit me a lot. He (Lewington) said he didn't like them (Asians) and that was about it.”
Mrs Alam said her daughter was having a baby by another Asian man. “He (Lewington) just said she was stupid,” she added.
They arranged to meet and Lewington asked to stay at her home for a week. He told her he wanted a “fresh start” and was thinking of moving to Lowestoft. He also asked her about firework displays in the town the following week.
Mrs Alam cycled to the station to meet him after he gave a description of himself. “We were just going to have a chat and do things together as friends. I said 'You can come back as a friend and that's it,'” she said.
“I saw three police officers with someone who looked like the man. I said 'Is this Neil?' and they said yes. I said 'I have actually come down to meet him.' They said 'Sorry, the only place he is going is Lowestoft police station.'”
Lewington's ex-girlfriend Cynthia Little told the court he said he used to be a skinhead who beat up black and Asian people.
She also said he had talked about making bombs balls from tennis ball bombs one day after they walked past two Asian neighbours in the street who he said had given them a "dirty look".
The jury also heard that Lewington, who lived with his parents, had falsely claimed to have been a Para during the Falklands War.
The court heard from his parents, who described him as an alcoholic loner who had twice attempted suicide and would often drink 16 pints a day.
His mother Margaret Lewington said she would rarely go into his bedroom, which had Blu-Tack over the key hole. She said her son had previously tried to kill himself.
"He was in a world of his own,' said Mrs Lewington.
The defendant's father, tanker driver Christopher Lewington, said he had not spoken to him for 10 years.
The case continues.