Manchester Arena plotter Hashem Abedi has denied attacking a jail officer however advised a court he ‘didn’t see any hurt’ in assaulting ‘that filthy pig’.
Abedi, who conspired together with his brother Salman over the 2017 atrocity, entered a not responsible plea to assaulting Belmarsh jail officer Paul Edwards earlier.
He additionally denied a cost of assaulting a second member of workers named Nick Barnett, throughout a 15-minute listening to at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Abedi, showing by way of video hyperlink from HMP Frankland in County Durham on his 24th birthday, was making his first public look in greater than a 12 months since refusing to attend the ultimate weeks of his Manchester bombing homicide trial on the Old Bailey a 12 months in the past.
Asked to enter a plea to the primary cost on Thursday, Abedi, carrying a black, inexperienced and white zip-up jacket and together with his hair grown out, mentioned: ‘I did assault that filthy pig, but I don’t see any hurt in doing that.’ He added: ‘This is my plea.’
Asked to enter a plea on the second cost, Abedi mentioned: ‘Same as before. I don’t see any wrongdoing.’
Chief Justice of the Peace Paul Goldspring formally recorded not responsible pleas.
Parsons Green Tube bomber Ahmed Hassan, who additionally appeared in court, pleaded not responsible to assaulting Mr Edwards.
But addressing the chief Justice of the Peace, he mentioned: ‘I need to make three factors earlier than I verify my title.
‘I need you to know that I hate you very a lot as a result of you’re a judge, judging by aside from the legislation of Allah.
‘You will probably be destined for hellfire except you repent and submit your self to the legislation of Allah.
‘I am not represented and evidence has not been disclosed to me.’
Mr Goldspring advised the pair, who have been legally unrepresented, it was up to them to ‘do something about it’ in the event that they needed attorneys at their subsequent court look, in May.
The pair have been due to attend court by way of videolink on Wednesday, however refused to go away their cells, prompting district judge Tan Ikram to state that affordable drive could also be used ought to they refuse to cooperate for Thursday’s listening to.
Outlining the case, prosecutor Nicholas Alexander mentioned Abedi, Hassan, 21, and a 3rd defendant, Muhammed Saeed, 23, have been out of their cells on May 11 final 12 months after they entered an workplace and assaulted Mr Edwards as he sat at a desk.
Mr Edwards obtained cuts to his head and bruising, and was additionally kicked. He has ongoing listening to issues on account of the assault, the court heard.
All three are due to enter pleas at Woolwich Crown Court on May 5.
Hassan, who planted the Parsons Green Tube bomb in September 2017 that injured 51 passengers, was sentenced to life with a minimal time period of 34 years in 2018.
Abedi was discovered responsible by a jury in March final 12 months of 22 counts of homicide, tried homicide and plotting to trigger an explosion doubtless to endanger life over the 2017 Manchester Arena bomb assault.
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