15 years for planting bomb on train
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.