Parsons Inexperienced: Tube bomb accused ‘moved by hatred of UK’

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Julia Quenzler

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Ahmed Hassan was motivated by hatred of the UK, the Outdated Bailey heard

The person accused of the Parsons Inexperienced Tube bombing was moved by “anger and hatred” when he planted the explosives, the Outdated Bailey has heard.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan stated Ahmed Hassan blamed the UK for his father’s dying in Iraq and he “left nothing to probability” within the assault’s planning.

His actions had been “designed to trigger dying and destruction”, she stated.

Mr Hassan, 18, denies tried homicide and inflicting an explosion more likely to endanger life on 15 September 2017.

He informed his mentor school lecturer Kayte Cable that it was his “obligation to hate Britain”, the courtroom heard.

He had additionally informed the House Workplace he had been “skilled to kill” by the so-called Islamic State group, when he claimed asylum in 2016.

In his proof on Wednesday, he stated that was a lie and he solely needed to trigger a hearth and never an explosion by planting the gadget on the Tube prepare.

‘Calculated and intelligent’

In her closing speech, Ms Morgan stated: “He (Mr Hassan) might have been troubled by occasions in his previous. He might be motivated by circumstances he might no longer admit to you.

“What he did that day was an act of anger and hatred designed to trigger dying and destruction of property.”

She continued: “It’s a matter of luck that there was not a full explosion that day, not due to any deliberate intention on the a part of the defendant to trigger only a fireplace.”

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Media captionCCTV of Parson’s Inexperienced Tube bomb fireball

Ms Morgan replayed CCTV footage of the fireball passing via the carriage, saying passengers had been “terrified”, with some struggling critical harm.

She requested jurors to think about what would have occurred if 400g of TATP explosives had absolutely exploded, sending 2.2kg of screwdrivers, knives, nuts and bolts flying at excessive velocity.

“No matter story he tells you within the witness field, the truth that he was indignant with this nation was clear to those that met him, particularly Ms Cable… he described it as his obligation or proper to hate this nation and he blamed this nation for the dying of his father,” she stated.

She stated Mr Hassan had lied in his proof, when he stated it was all a part of a fantasy and an act of boredom.

Ms Morgan stated: “He might nicely have lied to all these individuals for 2 years however he might nicely even be mendacity to you.

“Mendacity to you concerning the fact of his previous with Islamic State for the plain purpose that if he was skilled to kill by IS that may inform you one thing about his mindset and who he actually is and the place he has actually come from.

“You could be certain it was not an act of attention-seeking or boredom. This was somebody who needed to trigger dying and harm and make good his escape.”

She stated Mr Hassan was “calculated and intelligent” in his preparations and when he appeared up the information on the BBC web site afterwards, he was not reassured that it was a minor incident, as he claimed.

It was how he discovered that he had “failed” in his intention, she stated.


Defending, Tim Moloney QC informed jurors that those that knew Mr Hassan noticed a “honest, optimistic boy”.

He stated Barnardo’s workers stated he was a “very well mannered” younger particular person “in search of assist, trying ahead to the long run”.

Mr Moloney stated Mr Hassan had gone from being a “troubled younger man” to doing nicely at school.

He stated: “It appears to me the prosecution recommend there could also be fact that perhaps he was with IS and it is attainable we might by no means know.

“That is not adequate for me. We are saying that if he was with Isis (Islamic State), would he have stated that and raised that potential with the House Workplace and draw consideration to himself in that means?

“If he was with Isis he would have had many alternatives to do what he needed. Making TATP is a very simple course of that may be achieved in a day.”

The trial continues.

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