Man con­victed of plant­ing bomb

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON: A man who left a bag packed with ex­plo­sives and ball bear­ings on an un­der­ground train here on its way to the Ca­nary Wharf fi­nan­cial dis­trict last Oc­to­ber was con­victed yes­ter­day of plan­ning to cause an ex­plo­sion.

Da­mon Smith, a 20-year-old stu­dent, as­sem­bled the de­vice using in­struc­tions taken from an al-Qaeda-pub­lished mag­a­zine, pros­e­cu­tors said after he was found guilty by a jury.

He set the timer and left the train, but the bomb failed to ex­plode and was later re­ported by pas­sen­gers.

It was made safe by po­lice at North Green­wich sta­tion on the Ju­bilee line, one stop away from Ca­nary Wharf.

Smith was ar­rested shortly af­ter­wards, but claimed the de­vice was just a smoke bomb and that the whole in­ci­dent had been a prank.

“Da­mon Smith’s ac­tions were in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous and the con­se­quences had the de­vice worked do not bear think­ing about,” said Sue Hem­ming of the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS).

“Al­though he claimed this was a prank, the bomb he left on the train was clearly de­signed to cause horrific in­juries,” she said in a state­ment.

State­ments from the CPS and po­lice did not give a mo­tive for Smith’s ac­tions.

Smith was con­victed at the Old Bai­ley court here and would be sen­tenced at a later date. REUTERS

Da­mon Smith

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