PHIL CARDY DAN WAR­BUR­TON

Low-level gangster was a col­lege brat who hated women

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY AND

TWISTED Sal­man Abedi was a woman-hat­ing dropout, a col­lege friend has re­vealed.

The Manch­ester bomber turned up for class on an IT course in full Is­lamic dress and launched into fu­ri­ous rows with fe­male tu­tors.

A fel­low student in his 2012-13 year group at Manch­ester Col­lege said: “He had se­ri­ous is­sues with women, es­pe­cially staff. He wouldn’t lis­ten to them or fol­low in­struc­tions. He had a dread­ful at­ti­tude prob­lem.

“He would hang around with a group of other lads who would smoke weed and ha­rass the girls. They’d say re­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate things about them, he had no re­spect for women.”

It is be­lieved Abedi started to de­velop his rad­i­cal Is­lamic views while on trips to Libyan cap­i­tal Tripoli, start­ing in 2011.

Our source said: “His views and ap­pear­ance grad­u­ally be­came more re­li­gious and rad­i­cal.

“On the one hand he was claim­ing to be ul­tra re­li­gious, but he was also hang­ing about with his gang smok­ing cannabis.

UN­PLEAS­ANT

“He turned into a re­ally un­pleas­ant kid. He was get­ting more and more rad­i­cal but no one be­lieved he’d do some­thing so evil.”

Abedi at­tended the col­lege af­ter leav­ing Bur­nage Academy for Boys. He later went to Sal­ford Uni­ver­sity but dropped out af­ter two years of a busi­ness and man­age­ment de­gree.

A Manch­ester Col­lege spokesman said: “We share the feel­ing of shock and grief at the events of Mon­day night. Our thoughts are with fam­ily and friends of all those af­fected. We will con­tinue to pro­vide all the sup­port we can to our staff, stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ties.”

A school pal said Abedi had con­sid­ered him­self a low-level gangster. But he, too, said Abedi changed af­ter vis­it­ing Libya with his brothers. He said: “They saw peo­ple get killed, hor­rific things and still had the fresh mem­o­ries in their brains. With their gang men­tal­ity it was a toxic mix­ture of vi­o­lence. That sparked it.”

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