Autistic Teen Plotted Attack At Bieber Concert
A teen, who has been diagnosed with autism, was arrested for plotting to attack concertgoers at a Justin Bieber concert in Cardiff, Wales. The 17-year-old was arrested on June 30, the day of the concert. The young man had a claw hammer, a large kitchen knife, and a letter expressing his martyrdom wishes. In the letter, he called himself “a soldier of the Islamic State.”
The teenager is now denying his fantasy of being a martyr for Islam. In a statement to the police, the suspect said, “I wanted to see how easy it was for people who had an interest in terrorism to go online and get information because the police and the government are trying to crack down on terrorism and radicalization. I wanted to see if it was possible, not for me but from someone else’s point of view.”
Nice try. If he was simply doing research about such an attack’s probability, he wouldn’t have written a letter expressing his desire to be a martyr for Islam. He isn’t going to half-assed back out of this charge, that’s for sure.
A member of the Crown Prosecution Service, Sue Hemming, painted a picture of the teenager. “This teenager’s behavior over many months leaves no doubt that he intended to kill and maim as many people as possible in an attack reminiscent of the incident on Westminster Bridge. The CPS presented overwhelming evidence that he was prepared to die for [an] extremist worldview and he will now rightly face the prospect of a substantial prison sentence.”
Teen Faces Serious Charges
The judge who will be hearing the case said, “The offenses for which he has been convicted obviously merit a significant custodial sentence. One of the things I will have to consider is whether there ought to be an indefinite sentence. I need as much information on him as you wish to place before me.”
A hearing for the teenager has been scheduled for January 10, 2018. It’s safe to say that this dude is going to be locked up for a very long time.