A TEENAGER who emailed MI5 warning them of a bomb threat at Harrow Civic Centre after a dream has been convicted.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Willesden Youth Court on Tuesday and was found guilty of communicating information which led a person to falsely believe a bomb was present at the council offices in Station Road, Harrow.
The court heard the 16-year-old, who lives in Harrow, had acted on a dream on the night of February 13 that an employee at Harrow Council was planning to blow up the building the following day at 11.30am.
He woke up at 2.30am on February 14 and sent an email to MI5 which was read out in court by prosecution Carl Baker.
It said: “I have overheard plans of an employee of Harrow Borough Council to blow up the first floor of the Civic Centre at 11.30am tomorrow.
“He goes to the local Harrow mosque out of prayer hours and he plans to blow himself up. I solemnly swear I speak the truth, many local residents and Brits are at risk of death.”
A recording of the police interview, which took place the following day, was played in court and the boy said: “In my dream I overheard him to make a imaginary bomb, once I woke up from this nightmare I was highly influenced by this.
“I went to the MI5 website and reported suspicious activity. The following day I was arrested. I am extremely remorseful and sincerely apologise.”
He continued: “I done it for good intentions. I can’t remember the exact events in the dream but I came to the conclusion that it would happen. I was overcome with paranoia. I have a laptop for education and when I logged on I was half asleep and half drowsy.”
The youth, who denied the charge, has since been referred to mental health specialists.
The police asked him how he knew to send an email to MI5 and he said: “My subconscious must have recommended it as a last resort.”
The student only realised what he had done when his family’s home was raided and his room, pockets and phone were searched by police.
Defence lawyer Tina Patel, said: “The question is whether he did have mental capacity at the time the email was sent. He was in a dream state and typed that email.
“When he woke up he had forgotten he had sent it and when the police came to his address he remembered.”
Passing the guilty verdict, magistrate Sue Kayser said: “He said in interview ‘oh gosh, I made a mistake’.
“What leads us to believe that he acted with intent was that he admitted in interview that he researched MI5. He sent it with intent.”
The teenager will be sentenced on April 30.