Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

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

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

He was found with a gutting knife and a hammer, as well as a "martyrdom letter" that read: "I am a soldier of the Islamic State".

The defense for Gunton, who is on the autism spectrum, argued that the teenager was simply curious about the Islamic State (ISIS), and had no intention to actually carry out a terror attack.

His trial was shown chilling posts the would-be-attacker uploaded to social media.

The judge described the items found in the rucksack as a "terrorist's kit" and said it was clear from Instagram posts in English and Arabic that Gunton had planned to launch an attack on June 30. His password for the account, according to prosecutors, was truck attack.

He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 11 for planning an Islamic State-inspired vehicle attack in Cardiff.

A teenager has been jailed today after being convicted of planning to drive a auto into a crowd of people in Cardiff in a Daesh-inspired terror attack.

The internet search history on his laptop also revealed the teenager had looked for articles on IS executioner Jihadi John, the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, beheading videos and information on the group which carried out the London 7/7 bombing.

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".

He was charged with one count of engaging in the preparation of a terrorist act, two counts of encouraging terrorism, and two counts of possessing terrorist information.

The judge told Gunton: "You were committed to carrying out the attack throughout a protracted period, a commitment best demonstrated by your martyrdom letter and open support for Isis on Instagram". 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.

Evidence during his trial showed that Gunton had researched several targets in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, including a shopping center and Bieber's performance on June 30, 2017.

"I am sure you planned not just the killing of one person but rather mass murder", Wall said.

He said he had instructed him to research IS and a propaganda magazine and was told he needed to kill people in an act of terrorism if he wanted to go to paradise.

"Yours is not a condition from which you will recover".

"It is important that, having been tempted to commit a serious offense such as this, you are under some form of supervision for the rest of your live", Wall said.

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