Ahmed Hassan, 18, pictured in a courtroom sketch as we speak, allegedly advised immigration officers he had been compelled to coach ‘to kill’ by Isis
The Parsons Inexperienced ‘bomber’ has advised a courtroom he made up a narrative about being kidnapped by Islamic State as a result of he needed to review in Britain to change into the brand new David Attenborough.
Ahmed Hassan arrived in Britain in October 2015 and advised immigration officers he had been compelled to coach ‘to kill’ by Isis, the Outdated Bailey has heard.
However the 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker has now advised jurors that he was by no means taken prisoner by Isis and had not had any contact with the phobia group.
Requested why he made up the story, the media scholar advised the courtroom: ‘As a result of I got here from a rich, protected space in northern Iraq in Kurdistan and if I advised the reality, my solely cause to go away the nation was to additional my research … I felt I needed to make up one thing robust.
‘Within the Jungle in Calais, folks used to speak about these items and make up tales. I by no means got here throughout a refugee who stated he would inform the reality when he arrived within the nation.
‘I needed to go to school and my final objective was to change into a wildlife photographer like David Attenborough.’
Hassan additionally advised jurors he watched loads of motion movies and documentaries final summer time and developed a ‘fantasy’ about making a bomb and changing into a fugitive.
This picture of Hassan with a knife taken in his bed room was additionally launched by Scotland Yard
The lounge at Hassan’s dwelling tackle is seen on this picture issued by the Metropolitan Police
On September 15 final yr, Hassan planted 400g of do-it-yourself explosives and shrapnel on a District line Tube timed to go off when it reached the West London cease, the courtroom has heard.
When he was picked up on the port of Dover the next morning, he advised police he had made the bomb, which solely partially exploded on the packed rush hour service.
Hassan stated he by no means supposed the bomb to kill, including: ‘The concept of killing one other human being by no means crossed my thoughts in any respect, by no means in my life.
He stated the system was supposed to burn slightly than explode and added: ‘My remaining vacation spot was dwelling. That was the fantasy in my head. I might be chased and I might not be caught and I might be on the information and I might go dwelling.’
Jurors have heard that Hassan advised his lecturer Katie Cable he had a ‘responsibility to hate this nation’.
Alison Morgan, prosecuting, stated: ‘And you probably did really feel you had an obligation to hate Britain, due to what occurred to your father?’ Hassan replied: ‘No, in no way.’
Ms Morgan continued: ‘You believed that coalition forces had been chargeable for his dying, did not you?’ Hassan denied this.
The prosecutor stated: ‘And also you believed the combat towards Britain must be introduced into this nation, did not you?’ He answered: ‘No, by no means.’
A settee the in conservatory behind which a bag containing a hint of TATP was found
A rucksack and contents in Hassan’s possession upon his arrest on the Port of Dover in Kent
Hassan stated that folks used to make up tales within the Jungle camp in Calais (pictured in 2015)
The prosecutor stated a witness had heard Hassan listening to a ‘name to arms’, encouraging ‘slaughter on this homeland’. Hassan stated: ‘I’m afraid I can not bear in mind listening to that.’
Giving proof in his defence, Hassan advised how he was born in Baghdad.
His mom died when he was younger and his taxi driver father was killed in an explosion in 2006, he stated.
‘As far as I am conscious, I used to be advised that he died in an explosion whereas he was working as a taxi driver. He used to go to work and are available again evenings after which he didn’t come again.
‘It was very tough. I didn’t perceive what was happening. I used to be in a state of confusion due to preventing, due to bombing.’
Hassan advised jurors he moved to northern Iraq together with his uncle and older brother, and from the age of 12 labored ferrying items reminiscent of greens throughout the border with Iran.
The defendant stated he determined to go away Iraq as a result of he needed ‘a greater life’.
A bed room wardrobe with a container with traces of hydrogen peroxide discovered on high (left) and the door to Hassan’s bed room (proper)
Pictured are packs of partially empty drill bits which had been used as shrapnel within the system
A blue vase much like one discovered within the system outdoors by the conservatory at Hassan’s dwelling
He stated: ‘I needed finding out, I needed to be taught English and there was a lot stress on me to persist with my job.’
He smuggled himself to Britain by prepare and on a lorry on the age of 16, he stated.
Hassan, sporting a white open-necked shirt below a darkish blue jumper, confirmed his title when requested by his barrister Tim Moloney QC as we speak.
Talking together with his head bowed, he confirmed he wouldn’t be utilizing an interpreter however stated he might have to ask for inquiries to be repeated or rephrased.
He stated: ‘My English shouldn’t be excellent and my accent shouldn’t be excellent both.’
He advised the courtroom he has one older brother, aged 25, who remains to be in his native nation of Iraq.
Requested if his mother and father had been nonetheless alive, Hassan stated: ‘No, handed away.’
He stated he was too younger to recollect his mom, however stated he remembered his father, who died when Hassan was aged seven.
of the smoke-ridden District line carriage shortly after the system exploded
Hassan allegedly packed a bucket with TATP explosives and shrapnel and left it on the prepare
Ahmed Hassan is pictured ready on the Port of Dover in Kent after arriving there by prepare
Hassan advised the jury: ‘As far as I’m conscious I used to be advised that he died in an explosion whereas he was working as a taxi driver.’
Hassan stated he left Iraq as a result of he needed ‘a greater life’.
He described himself as scholar.
The 18-year-old stated: ‘I used to be excellent. I used to be very intelligent.’
Requested by Mr Moloney if he had ever been mistreated by IS, Hassan stated: ‘No, I’ve by no means had any contact with IS in any respect.’
He stated it had been ‘pretty simple’ to cross the border from Iraq to Turkey.
Hassan is pictured on board a Southern prepare to Brighton after the incident on the Tube
The kitchen timer used as an initiator mechanism, along with a battery and a halogen bulb
Hassan allegedly took the biggest Tupperware container, pictured above, from his foster mother and father’ kitchen to retailer the 300g of TATP which made up the principle cost for the system
Hassan had stayed in Istanbul for about two weeks earlier than shifting on to Italy, the place he stated he had not been effectively handled.
He stated: ‘I used to be abused by the Italian authorities. They weren’t very good with me, so I left.’
Hassan travelled from there to Paris, then to the Jungle camp in Calais, earlier than getting into the UK on a lorry.
Hassan advised jurors he spent three days in hospital as a result of he ‘thought-about to commit suicide’.
He stated he used to snap pencils at school as a result of he would get ‘offended’ and wanted a option to ’empty myself’ and have a ‘peaceable second’.
Hassan advised jurors he loved finding out pictures when he was at Brooklands School in Weybridge. He described himself as ‘very shy’.
The contents of the ‘Mom of Devil’ bomb allegedly ready by Hassan then placed on the Tube
Along with nuts and bolts, he’s accused of inserting knives contained in the system to be shrapnel
Hassan, who was dwelling with foster mother and father on the time, is pictured utilizing a money machine
Shrapnel can be ‘ejected at excessive pace’ to ‘improve the potential for hurt’ the jury was advised
Hassan stated: ‘I loved being behind the digital camera slightly than in entrance of the digital camera.’
The courtroom was proven a collection of images taken by Hassan, a few of deer in Richmond Park, South West London.
He stated he finally needed to be a wildlife photographer.
Jurors additionally noticed two quick animations, one among which was a carrot within the guise of a personality strolling alongside, each created by Hassan.
He added: ‘I used to be a part of a venture that I used to be going to complete this yr. I used to be going to make a brief cartoon.’
Hassan advised the courtroom he ran a enterprise promoting cellphones, incomes him round £100 every week.
He stated he needed to hold it secret as a result of he has not been granted the appropriate to stay within the UK.
‘I used to be operating a enterprise, I used to be promoting telephones. So folks would name me to make me a proposal,’ he stated.
Different objects Hassan is claimed to have piled into the explosive included screwdrivers
The system ‘has the potential to trigger harm to property and or critical hurt’, the jury heard
The scene of devastation was left behind after the system partially detonated on the prepare
He added: ‘As a result of I wasn’t allowed to earn a living, I needed to hold it a secret.’
He bought the telephones on-line on websites like Gumtree however often delivered them in individual, he stated.
Requested if he was non secular, Hassan, who described himself as a Sunni Muslim, stated: ‘I’m, I pray 5 occasions a day.’
When requested if he cared about folks being from totally different religions, he stated: ‘By no means, not within the slightest.’
The defendant, who had been named scholar of the yr at Brooklands School in 2017, stated he had additionally been a high scholar in his personal nation for six years in a row.
He stated he’s persevering with his research from jail and ‘doing my greatest to pay attention’.
Hassan added: ‘I’m nonetheless doing my work and so they (the faculty) have accepted me to complete my assignments.’
Hassan advised jurors how he made TATP explosives on September 13 final yr from the chemical substances he had purchased.
He additionally stated he discovered a ‘very simple’ YouTube recipe to make TATP, including: ‘It was a fantasy, I used to be bored. I needed to obtain consideration.’
Hassan is claimed to have gone to a Sports activities Direct in Ashford the place purchased a backpack and garments
Hassan had not dried out the bomb-making chemical substances earlier than use, an skilled stated
The suspected bomber is pictured in Dover in September after travelling from London by prepare
CCTV cameras caught the second the Hassan was arrested on the Port of Dover in Kent
The suspected bomber was captured as he was positioned behind a ready police van
He had already assembled a timer by following a ‘step-by-step’ detailed information on-line, he stated.
The defendant went on to check the TATP on September 14 ‘as a result of I needed to make sure it might not explode’.
Hassan stated he solely supposed for it to burn.
Hassan examined 50g of TATP in a Coca-Cola can on the kitchen desk of his foster dwelling in Sunbury, Surrey, he stated.
He advised jurors: ‘I heard a ‘whoof’ and a really small warmth, fireplace, for a fraction of a second.’
added: ‘I used to be sure that it might not explode. It could simply burn.’
Hassan, who was dwelling with foster mother and father in Sunbury, Surrey, has denied tried homicide and utilizing the chemical compound TATP to trigger an explosion that was prone to endanger life.
The trial continues.
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