15 years for plant­ing bomb on train

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON: A 20-year-old Bri­tish man was sen­tenced to 15 years in prison yes­ter­day for plant­ing a bomb on a busy Lon­don Un­der­ground train last year in what he claimed was a Halloween prank.

Stu­dent Da­mon Smith, who has a form of autism and an ob­ses­sion with weapons, left the bomb in a back­pack on a crowded train in Oc­to­ber.

The aban­doned bag was spot­ted by two mem­bers of the pub­lic who handed it to the driver, who raised the alarm when he saw wires stick­ing out.

The bag was packed with ex­plo­sives and ball bear­ings and the de­vice was timed to go off within min­utes.

Judge Richard Marks said there was no “clar­ity or cer­tainty” as to the mo­ti­va­tion for Smith, who was in­ter­ested in Is­lam but de­nied be­ing an ex­trem­ist.

“The se­ri­ous­ness of what you did can­not be over­stated, not least against the back­ground of the fear in which we all live from the use of bombs here and around the world, an all too timely re­minder of the events in Manch­ester ear­lier this week,” Marks said.

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