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Vic home-made bomb teen to be sentenced

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A Melbourne teen will be sentenced for attempting to use household items to construct a bomb similar to the improvised explosive devices used in the Boston marathon bombing.

The 18-year-old, who cannot be named, has pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining documents relating to an improvised explosive device and partially constructing an IED in preparation for a terror act.

Police seized steel pipes with end caps attached, a container of pink powder, a pressure cooker, Christmas tree lights and other items from the teen's home during the May 2015 raids.

Prosecutors previously told the Victorian Supreme Court the partially constructed pipe bomb had the same components as the improvised explosive devices used in the Boston marathon bombing.

An undated, partially completed passport application was also found.

The teen - who was 17 at the time of his offending - was under the influence of an Islamic State recruiter, the court has previously heard.

The defence barrister for the teen told a plea hearing his client was "infatuated" and "seduced" by an older man who was effectively a "professional recruiter for ISIS".

The teen allegedly had exchanged numerous messages with UK jihadist Junaid Hussein in the lead-up to his arrest in a counter-terror raid in May last year.

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