Friday, 18 October, 2019


Teenager jailed for life for planned terror attack on Justin Bieber gig

PALloyd Gunton 17 has been given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 11 years PALloyd Gunton 17 has been given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 11 years
Hannah Rogers | 04 March, 2018, 04:17

The 17-year-old who was caught plotting a terrorist attack on Justin Bieber's concert last June was sentenced to life in prison.

Lloyd Gunton, 17, who is white, British and had not converted to Islam, stashed a hammer and kitchen knife in his school rucksack, and was preparing to set off for the attack when he was arrested at his parents' home in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of south Wales.

Police found that the twisted plot was inspired by the Islamic State, The BBC reported.

Police investigated after he uploaded terror-related social media posts. "Because if you are going to commit a terrorist attack in which you presume you will die, you need people to know afterwards why you did it - it's a way of spreading the terror and the message of terror".

On his Instagram account Gunton posted photos of terrorists, pictures of the black Daesh flag and images encouraging a terrorist attack in Cardiff.

One contained instructions about how to carry out a terrorist knife attack, while the other had details about how to carry out a terrorist attack by hitting people with a vehicle.

He had also researched the security arrangements at the Bieber concert, which took place at Cardiff's Principality statement, The BBC reported.

Police found a rucksack in Gunton's bedroom which contained a large knife, hammer and a so-called "martyrdom letter". I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq.

There was also a martyrdom letter - claiming Gunton was an IS soldier and had attacked Cardiff in Allah's name - which the prosecution said was to be used to explain his actions in the event of his death in the attack.

Jurors at Birmingham crown court were told Gunton had also written a note with bullet points including "run down the non-believers with a car" and "strike the infidels who oppose Allah in the neck".

The teenager was also convicted of two counts of encouraging terrorism by posting extremist material on Instagram, and two charges of possessing IS propaganda magazines.

During his trial, the boy told the jury he "never wanted to fight for IS" and had downloaded the literature on previous attacks to "strengthen" his anger towards terrorists. I wanted to see if it was possible, not for me, but from someone else's point of view.

He was detained at Birmingham Crown Court and will be held at a young offenders institution where he's been detained since his conviction.

"Lloyd Gunton's behaviour over many months leaves no doubt that he meant to kill and maim as many people as possible in an attack reminiscent of the incident on Westminster Bridge".

"I am sure you planned not just the killing of one person but rather mass murder", Wall said. "He was drawn into it, curiosity getting the better of him", Henry said.

"Yours is not a condition from which you will recover", Judge Wall said, The BBC reported.

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