- Daniel Creagh, 27, downloaded Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 last February
- Manual details how to make bombs, hack computers, and cause cyber terrorism
- Father-of-one says he downloaded it accidentally while researching crystal meth
Daniel Creagh (pictured) is alleged to have downloaded a terror manual on his phone
A Muslim convert caught with a bomb-making manual claimed he downloaded it while researching crystal meth after watching the hit show Breaking Bad, a court heard today.
Daniel Creagh, 27, said he was inspired by the Netflix series and wanted to learn more about the drug.
He told police his online research caused him to 'accidentally' download the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, which details how to produce explosives, fuses, victim-operated switches, mines and booby traps.
But hours before saving the manual he had researched convicted terrorists and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad on 'killings', and had searched 'Is the Anarchy Cookbook illegal’, a jury was told.
He came across the cookbook through a link on a Wikipedia page for the US group 'Revolution Muslim', the Old Bailey heard.
When interviewed, Creagh told police he didn't realise he downloaded the document and had only been curiously researching crystal meth after watching Breaking Bad.
The father-of-one, who lives in Edmonton, north London, and has family in Northern Ireland, lost his job as a bus driver as a result of the case.
His Sony Xperia phone revealed he had downloaded the manual on the morning of February 26 last year, the jury heard.
Prosecutor Kelly Brocklehurst said: 'He admitted having opened and read some of the Anarchy Cookbook document online.
'He stated that he had been watching a series on Netflix called 'Breaking Bad' and that this had got him interested in learning about the drug crystal meth.
'He used the internet to search for information about this drug which in turn led him to click on a link which opened the Anarchy Cookbook as a pdf on his phone.
'Mr Creagh stated that whilst he opened this document, he didn't intentionally save it on to his phone.
It is alleged Creagh had a copy of the infamous Anarchist Cookbook (pictured). The manual reportedly contains instructions on how to build a bomb, the court heard
'He agreed that after he read the book he did a search to see if it was illegal.'
When police searched Creagh's house on 3 March they found £560 in counterfeit £10 notes, which all had the same serial number, the court heard.
Creagh runs an Islamic stall which seeks to convert people to the religion, and said he came up with the idea of printing fake money and throwing it into the air as a way to get people to talk to him.
The first chapter of the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 details how to make counterfeit currency, the court heard.
Mr Brocklehurst said: 'He had seen a video of a man giving a homeless person some money.
'And because of the reaction, he said he came up with the idea of printing fake money and throwing it into the air. This he said would have been a way to get people to talk him.
'He found an image on Google and printed the £10 notes but never actually used them in the way he said he had intended to.'
PC Matthew Hamilton conducted a review which concluded Creagh must have taken 'positive steps' to downloading the cookbook and it was 'highly unlikely' he saved it by accident, jurors heard.
His web searches shortly before the download were contrary to his claim he 'stumbled across the document whilst searching for how to make crystal meth', he added.
These included searches for 'Hadiths on killing', the anarchist cookbook, 'is the anarchy cookbook illegal', and 'forbidden knowledge', the court heard.
During a raid of Creagh's house, police found £560 in counterfeit £10 notes, which all had the same serial number, the Old Bailey (pictured) heard
Hadiths are the reported teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, and the collections of these sayings 'represent the second most important source of Islamic law after the Quran', the court was told.
He also allegedly searched for 'Terence Brown', who was convicted of collecting information useful to terrorists, and distributing it including CD copies of the Anarchy Cookbook.
Mr Brocklehurst said: 'Mr Creagh coming across the Anarchist Cookbook had nothing to do with Breaking Bad or crystal meth.
'It was a result of having seen mention of the cookbook on the Revolution Muslim Wikipedia page.'
The document contains guidance on how to make 'explosives and bombs, hack computers, and cause cyber terrorism.'
This included home-made pipe bombs, victim-operated triggers for mines and booby traps, and advice on counterfeit currency, he said.
Although it can be downloaded for free or bought online, it is illegal to possess, and some of the recipes were capable of producing 'viable explosives', the court was told.
Mr Brocklehurst said: 'At the end of the day, outside of possibly the security forces, what other class of person has a need to learn about home-made explosives?'
Creagh denies possessing a document containing information useful for terrorist purposes, and control of counterfeit currency.
The trial continues.