‘Abhorrent, repugnant’: Bradford teen in court on terror charges

The teenager will go on trial at Leeds Crown Court
The teenager will go on trial at Leeds Crown Court

A JUDGE has told a jury trying a Bradford teenager for a terror offence that it they would likely find his views “abhorrent or repugnant”.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because of his age, denies a charge of preparation of terrorism acts and an alternative count of making a pipe bomb, Leeds Crown Court heard.

After a jury was sworn in, Mr Justice Goss told them the defendant was 16 or 17 at the time of the alleged offences.

He told the jury: “When you hear some of the details of the evidence of the case, it is likely you will find some of the views expressed by the defendant, and those with whom he sympathised or communicated, abhorrent or repugnant.

“The holding of such views , it will become clear to you during the case, is not of itself a crime.”

He told them to fulfil their role “objectively and dispassionately by coolly, calmly and collectively assessing all the evidence”.

The jury was sent home for the day and were told the prosecution will open the case on Tuesday morning.

The jury of six men and six women was told the case could last three weeks.