Terror attack planned on day of Bieber concert
A 17-year-old accused of planning an Islamic Stateinspired terror attack on the day of a Justin Bieber concert searched online for details of the event’s security, a court has heard.
The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was detained at his home in south Wales by police who found a claw hammer, a kitchen knife, and a “martyrdom letter” in his school rucksack.
Prosecutors allege the boy was engaged in conduct to prepare for an act of terrorism in the run-up to the concert on June 30 by conducting online research, obtaining weapons, and preparing a suicide note.
Opening the case against the teenager, who denies preparing to commit acts of terrorism and four other ter- ror charges, prosecutor Matthew Brook said a copy of a poster relating to the concert was found on the defendant’s computer.
Taking the jury through web searches conducted by the boy on June 28, Mr Brook told Birmingham Crown Court: “At 10.10pm there is this defendant searching ‘Justin Bieber Cardiff 2017’.
“As you are probably all aware, Justin Bieber is a well-known pop star and he was having a large concert in Cardiff on June 30, two days after this search.”
On June 29, the court heard, a media file was created on the defendant’s computer showing a poster for the concert at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Jurors were told the alleged terrorist also searched for “Justin Bieber Cardiff security” on June 29.
Mr Brook said of the search: “This defendant is interested in what the security will be for a large public event the following day.
“This is in context of course of all his searches, his threats on Instagram about Cardiff being attacked on the 30th, the knife and hammer in his bag, and of course the martyrdom letter as well.”
The court heard the boy declared himself a “soldier” of the so-called Islamic State in the hand-written letter.
It is also alleged that he penned a note with bullet points including “run down the non-believers with a car” and “strike the infidels, who oppose Allah, in the neck”.
Mr Brook said a note found in the boy’s bedroom read: “I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future.”
The defendant, from the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of south Wales, denies two counts of encouraging terrorism by posting images on Instagram and two counts of possession of a record of terrorist information, namely an IS propaganda magazine.
The youth, from a white British background, was detained by police on June 30.
The trial continues.
Justin Bieber was performing at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on June 30.