Marine blew up tenement in Dundee after internet bomb lessons

The scene of the explosion at the tenement block. Picture: Bob Douglas
The scene of the explosion at the tenement block. Picture: Bob Douglas
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A FORMER Royal Marine who caused an explosion in a block of flats using a tub from hair gel stuffed with explosives has been jailed for three years.

Allan Peach detonated a home-made bomb on 7 June at a tenement in Dundee, blowing a number of doors off their hinges.

He also set off another device earlier that evening, but no-one was hurt during either incident.

Yesterday, at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Stacey told him: “What you did was ­culpable and reckless.

“It could have caused a great deal more damage than it actually did.

“I have to take a serious view of this. However, you are ­previously of good character and it is a great pity to see you in this situation because of drugs which you misused.”

The court heard that Peach was suffering from depression and had been consuming a legal high – encat – which had ­resulted in him suffering a change of personality.

The 24-year-old admitted to ­culpably and recklessly causing explosions that were to the risk of others.

Peach, a first offender, is ­believed latterly to have worked as an electrical contractor at RAF Leuchars.

Police described his actions as “horrendous”.

Prosecutor Paul Kearney said Peach had bought several 1kg bags of explosive substances online. These were potassium nitrate as well as aluminium and sulphur powders.

Mr Kearney added: “It had been established that he was ­actively seeking information on how to manufacture explosive devices.”

Around 9pm on the evening of 7 June, Peach randomly threw the first of his home-made bombs into the garden area of a block of flats in Cullen Place, Dundee. Witnesses described hearing “a loud bang”, but no-one in the vicinity was hurt.

Mr Kearney said Peach then constructed another improvised device using a tub of hair gel, which he cleaned out and filled with powder.

He drilled a hole into the lid and placed a fuse wire through it and into the contents.

The court heard Peach, who was wearing a green boiler suit, then went to another tenement in Cullen Place and was allowed entry by a resident.

One witness was heading home when he heard an ­explosion followed by the sound of smashing glass.

Mr Kearney said: “The force blew open the front doors of the properties on the ground and upper floor of the block.

“As a result, all the residents left their homes.”

A number of people dialled 999 and fire crews later ­discovered a plastic container wrapped in brown tape within the scorch-marked building.

A police investigation into the blasts led detectives to Peach, after being told he had ­knowledge of the incidents.

His van was searched and a hard drive and mobile phone were seized.

The court heard these ­revealed “evidence of bombmaking activities” and “tutorials” in how to construct devices.

Peach’s defence advocate ­Lortraine Glancy said: “He began to use a legal high encat after the break-up of his parents which he took very badly indeed.

“He now has an insight into the potentially dangerous ­consequences of his behaviour. His family remain deeply ­committed to helping him.”