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The trial of Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali, who is accused of planting a bomb on a Tube train at Parsons Green,has entered a fifth day.

The bomb partially exploded at Parsons Green Tube station on September 15 2017, injuring 29 people.

The 18-year-old, of Cavendish Road, in Sunbury, has denied charges of attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

The Iraqi refugee allegedly built the device and placed it on the District Line train.

On the first day of the trial , the court heard that Ali had told immigration officials he had received ISIS training.

On Thursday (March 8), prosecutors recounted Ali's movements on the day of the attack and showed jurors a model of the device allegedly planted on the train.

Court artist sketch of Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali, 18

On Friday (March 9), the court heard that a search of the Cavendish Road house found traces of TATP on the kitchen hob and extractor fan, as well as on a ruler and Tesco Clubcard found in a black binbag in the house's conservatory.

On the fourth day of the trial, Monday (March 12), the court was told that by a witness that the Iraqi refugee, whose father was said to have died from a bomb blast, blamed his father's death on Britain and the USA.

The fifth day of the case will be heard at the Old Bailey in central London on Tuesday (March 13) at 10am.

Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali at his Sunbury home

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Bomb accused was asked what would have been an acceptable level of injury

Ms Morgan, prosecuting, asked what an “acceptable level of injury” would have been for Hassan.
He said he did not think about it.
The prosecutor suggested the fact the bomb did not fully explode was a “disappointment” to him.
Hassan denied it.

Hassan denies wanting to kill anyone but claims he wanted "attention"

The court heard today how Hassan thought about making the device about four weeks before the incident.

An online search for explosives led him to come across TATP which was described as “homemade” and “very easy”.

He looked up the chemicals to make it and watched YouTube videos demonstrating small amounts of it, some in front of small children, he said.

(Image: PA)

Under cross-examination Hassan denied wanting to hurt or kill anyone, saying his fantasy was about being a fugitive and that he wanted “attention”.

Insisting he never tried to blame anyone else, he said:

“I left evidence all over the place ... I left everything behind to suggest it was me.I actually was seeking them to find out it was me.”

The idea of killing someone had “never crossed my mind at all, never in my life” he added.

Defendant hatched bomb plan as he was 'bored' court hears

The idea to make a device which eventually ended up exploding on a Tube train last September was hatched during a summer of boredom and became a cry for attention, the Old Bailey has heard.

The object was never meant to explode or cause harm, but instead “just burn”, its maker Ahmed Hassan said.

He told a jury he had tested it and taken steps to ensure it did not have deadly consequences.

Ahmed Hassan etched the word "bored" in his bedroom furniture
Ahmed Hassan etched the word "bored" in his bedroom furniture (Image: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

He told jurors:

“I heard a whoof and a very small heat, fire, for a fraction of a second.

“I was certain that it would not explode. It would just burn.”

On why he made the device he said:

“I think the main reason, I wasn’t thinking as a normal person would do. I was very bored, very stressed, very confused and I watched lots of movies, action movies during that time.”

He added: “It became kind of a fantasy in my head. I was thinking about it. Yes, that was it.

“I was watching documentaries as well, about fugitives and just the idea of being a fugitive got into my head. And I thought about it and that was it.”

Bomb accused tells jury he was a "very clever student"

A diligent student who wanted to leave his native Iraq in search of a better life - this is how Ahmed Hassan described himself to jurors at his trial.

The defendant said he was a good student - “very clever” - but recalled that he missed a year of school. He said: “It (school) could not proceed because of the war.”

The court heard that he was a top pupil for six years in a row in Iraq, and was then named student of the year in 2017 at Brooklands College where he studied when he came to the UK.

 Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali is accused of planting a bomb on a District Line train which partially exploded at Parsons Green station
Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali is accused of planting a bomb on a District Line train which partially exploded at Parsons Green station (Image: PA)

Suspect bomber dreamed of being "like David Attenborough"

The court today has heard that Hassan smuggled his way to the UK to educate himself.

He told the Old Bailey:

“I wanted to go to university and my ultimate goal was to become a wildlife photographer like David Attenborough.”

Hassan smuggled himself to Britain on a lorry aged 16

Hassan said he was born in Baghdad. His mother died when he was young and his taxi driver father was killed in an explosion in 2006, he added.

“So far as I’m aware I was told that he died in an explosion while he was working as a taxi driver. He used to go to work and come back evenings and then he did not come back.

“It was very difficult. I did not understand what was going on. I was in a state of confusion because of fighting, because of bombing.”

Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali at his Sunbury home
Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali at his Sunbury home (Image: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

Hassan moved to northern Iraq with his uncle and older brother and from the age of 12 worked ferrying goods like vegetables across the border with Iran.

The defendant said he decided to leave Iraq because he wanted “a better life”. He told the court:

“I wanted studying, I wanted to learn English and there was so much pressure on me to keep on with my job.”

He smuggled himself to Britain by train and on a lorry at the age of 16, he said.

After he began a course at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Hassan would snap pencils in class when he felt “angry”.

He spent three days in hospital because he “considered to commit suicide”, he said.

Hassan, who was living with foster parents in Sunbury, Surrey, has denied attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion that was likely to endanger life.

Hassan came from a "wealthy, safe area" in Iraq

Giving evidence in his defence, Hassan told jurors he was never taken prisoner by IS.

Tim Moloney QC, defending, asked: “Were you ever mistreated by Isis?”

Hassan replied: “No. I have never had any contact with Daesh at all.”

He told jurors he made up the story about being kidnapped by IS to get leave to remain in Britain. Asked why, he said:

“Because I came from a wealthy, safe area in northern Iraq, in Kurdistan, and if I told the truth my only reason to leave the country was to further my studies ... I felt I had to make up something strong.

“In the Jungle in Calais people used to talk about these things and make up stories. I never came across a refugee who said he would tell the truth when he arrived in the country.”

Jury hears how alleged bomber lied about being kidnapped by IS

The Parsons Green bomber has told jurors he lied to officials about being kidnapped by Islamic State because he wanted a “better life” in Britain.

Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan arrived in October 2015 and told immigration officials he had been forced to train “to kill” by IS, the court heard.

Then on September 15 last year, the 18-year-old media student planted 400g of homemade explosives and shrapnel on a District line Tube timed to go off when it reached the west London stop, the Old Bailey has heard.

When he was picked up at the port of Dover the following morning he told police he made the bomb, which only partially exploded on the packed rush-hour service.