Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, a Kurdish refugee, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court after armed police found 8,000 matches, chemicals and a detonator in his flat in Newcastle, Northern England the Daily Mail reports.
Abdullah arrived in the UK on the back of a lorry back in 2005 and was allowed to remain in the country in 2010.
The man had serious mental health issues including “voices in his head” but was capable of producing his own Islamist literature.
Police found scribbled notes declaring support for ISIS in his flat as well as the bomb-making materials.
Digital evidence on Abdullah’s phone showed searches for the use and manufacture of gunpowder.