- Hisham Muhammad, 25, gathered arsenal of weapons at Manchester home
- Old Bailey heard he planned to use them to attack an Army base or the police
- He told how he advertised as a prostitute online demanding up-front payment
- He would give client a bogus address and used money to buy weapons on Ebay
- Police found 'bear claw' ninja weapons, tomahawk, machete, knives and an axe
- Court was told he had 'ninja eggs' filled with crushed chillies and glass shards
- Notes were also found that 'depicted how to use a drone to drop a bomb'
An alleged terrorist pretended to be a female prostitute so he could con punters out of £8,000 to pay for weapons, a court heard.
Hisham Muhammad, 25, allegedly plotted a 'lone wolf' attack on a British military site by researching drone designs and amassing a stash of weapons bought online.
He told the Old Bailey how he advertised his services online demanding payment up-front and then gave the client a bogus address.
Muhammad stashed 'bear claw' ninja weapons, a tomahawk, a machete, knives, and an axe at his home in Whitefield, Manchester before visiting Castle Armoury barracks under the pretence of enlisting, the Old Bailey has heard.
Officers found weapons strewn about the house including a pair of scissors embedded in the sofa and a welding kit in the fridge when they searched the house on Tuesday 5 June 2018.
Muhammad's cousin and brother-in-law, fellow Bermudan Faisal Abu Ahmad, 24, is accused of failing to tell the police about Muhammad's plans.
The pair lived with Ahmad's mother when they discovered prostitution was legal in the UK to which Muhammad responded: 'No way!' in a text to his cousin.
They combed the internet for pictures of naked women which they could use to create fake profiles advertising sex.
Giving evidence today, Muhammad, who worked at fast food chain Chicken Cottage said: 'I found women's profiles online and thought I could make some money off of this.'
'I copied the women's profiles.
'If a woman advertised in Manchester I would copy her profile and put it in London
'What was that advert advertising?' Bernard Richmond QC, defending, asked.
'Basically sex,' he replied.
'They would contact the number listed on Whatsapp or iMessage.
'We would block the call and say contact me via message and if they continued the call we used a woman's voice that we downloaded.
'We said we would need an upfront payment for the woman to get to him.
'We would give them the address and say the woman would turn up.'
Mr Richmon asked: 'Once the woman didn't turn up would the man contact you again?'
'Would he be able to speak to anybody?'
The Bermudan then cashed the spoils and transferred them into his own bank account before tricking eBay sellers into selling him weapons under the username 'badgurl69,' the court heard.
A pair of axes were purchased in 2018 along with other weapons including a tomahawks, a bear claw and a machete.
Suspicious packages labelled as 'cosmetics' were then delivered to the pair.
Postman Samuel Kelly said previously in a statement read to the court: 'I noticed a lot of them would be cosmetics and I thought it was unusual for two males to have so many cosmetics delivered.
'I remember a large heavy parcel in a jiffy bag, it must have been several kilos and felt like small metal objects with chains, but was labelled as cosmetics.
'I already had some concerns about packages and parcels I was delivering to the address so I contacted police.'
Police also seized a homemade drone and two eggs which had been punctured, drained and filled with shards of glass and chili seeds described by Muhammad as 'Japanese culture Ninja eggs'.
Muhammad told jurors that the drone-like device with suspended lollipop sticks and Ninja eggs were simply products of a 'passion' for design.
'It's a hobby a passion that I have for designing things.
'I designed a coconut hammer and a personal sink bucket for ablution before I pray too.'
Notes were also found written in French that appeared to have been taken from an ISIS propaganda video and suggested he planned to use a drone to deliver a bomb.
Muhammad told the court he believed terror attacks including the Manchester Arena bombing were fake news created by the government.
'I thought that [they] hadn't happened.
'I thought it was the government targeting people.'
Bernard Richmond, QC, defending, asked: 'Who did you think they were trying to target?'
'Mainly Muslims,' came the reply.
But he said he disagreed with radical Islam: 'In terms of the Islamic state I don't agree with it the killing of innocent people and I don't think innocent people should be killed.'
'What does innocent mean to you?' Mr Richmond asked.
Muhammad replied: 'Innocent means someone who hasn't done anything wrong, like they haven't killed anybody, anything like that.'
Muhammad also claimed so-called Islamic State was 'created by the American Government to take away the rights of Muslims'.
He said he did not regard himself as a 'gullible person' and technology could be used to make 'anything look real'.
He told jurors he liked to listen to Islamic music, and looked at a video entitled My Revenge 'out of curiosity'.
Muhammad told jurors that when he was not working at Chicken Cottage, he liked to 'challenge' himself by designing things like a 'coconut hammer'.
Mr Richmond asked: 'Was any of the material found designed to be used in terrorist activity?
Muhammad said: 'No.'
The barrister said: 'Did you intend any acts of terrorism?'
The defendant replied: 'No.'
Muhammad, of Victoria Avenue, Whitefield, denies engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.
Ahmed, of the same address, denies having information which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission by another person of an act of terrorism and failing to notify the authorities.
The trial continues.