A man with a history of mental ill-health and drug abuse is facing a possible life sentence after admitting to possessing explosive substances.
Paramedics visited Michael Pym-Nixson’s flat in Kingston-Upon-Thames, South West London, and treated his hand for burn injuries on the night of March 19.
Thinking he seemed suspicious, paramedics then reported him to police.
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After raiding the 54-year-old’s home, counter-terrorism officers discovered ingredients used to make Armstrong’s mixture – a sensitive primary explosive – and black powder on March 22.
An extremely dangerous mixture, the explosive is used in fireworks in tiny quantities and can explode violently.
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On Wednesday (November 3), Pym-Nixson pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to two counts of possessing explosive substances contrary to Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
Prosecuting counsel Thomas Payne said: “There is a history of mental health problems and drug abuse which impacts on the picture.”
Pym-Nixson, of St George’s Road, Kingston Upon Thames, was remanded into custody for sentencing on December 10, facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, Mr Payne told the court.
Judge Gregory Perrins ordered a pre-sentence report, adding: “I am not going to sentence you today, I would like to know a little bit more about you.
“You will come back in five weeks’ time. You understand a custodial sentence is inevitable, but you will find out on that day how long it will be.”