Tiny ter­ror­ist tried to blow up cop sta­tion

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JAYNE FER­GU­SON [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

A DWARF who left a home­made bomb out­side a po­lice sta­tion has been jailed for 27 years.

David Ans­berry pleaded guilty to leav­ing the de­vice con­tain­ing the un­sta­ble chem­i­cal HMDT – a per­ox­ide-based com­pound that has been used by al-Qaeda ter­ror­ists – in a duf­fel bag.

The bomb was meant as re­tal­i­a­tion for the decades-old mur­der of Ans­berry’s friend Guy Gough­ner, who was fa­tally shot by a town mar­shall in Ned­er­land, Colorado, back in 1971.

Ans­berry was spot­ted on sur­veil­lance video when he bought the phones he used for the de­vice and was eas­ily recog­nis­able be­cause he is 3ft 6ins tall and uses crutches be­cause of the brit­tle bone disease he has suf­fered since birth. Hoax

On the eve of his sen­tenc­ing last week, Ans­berry, 67, ar­gued he never meant for the bomb to go off.

But US District Judge Chris­tine Ar­guello said the de­vice was not a hoax and dozens could have died if Ans­berry been suc­cess­ful in his at­tempts to det­o­nate it re­motely us­ing a mo­bile.

Ans­berry’s le­gal team ar­gued that he should only face up to over two years in prison – about the time he has al­ready served since his ar­rest.

His de­fence lawyer, Abra­ham Hutt, said the bomb did not even dam­age the road af­ter a bomb squad fired a high en­ergy slug into it.

BANGED UP: David Ans­berry

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