Manchester attack: Hashem Abedi refuses to leave cell

Top (left to right): Lisa Lees, Alison Howe, Georgina Callender, Kelly Brewster, John Atkinson, Jane Tweddle, Marcin Klis, Eilidh MacLeod - Middle (left to right): Angelika Klis, Courtney Boyle, Saffie Roussos, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, Martyn Hett, Michelle Kiss, Philip Tron, Elaine McIver - Bottom (left to right): Wendy Fawell, Chloe Rutherford, Liam Allen-Curry, Sorrell Leczkowski, Megan Hurley, Nell Jones

The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has refused to go out of his cell for his sentencing hearing.

Abedi was convicted of murdering 22 people within the 2017 Manchester terror attack in March.

The Old Bailey heard he helped his brother to plan the “sudden and lethal” blast during which many people were injured.

A two-day sentencing hearing is underway but Abedi has refused to enter the courtroom.

Abedi had denied helping to plan the attack at the top of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017.

At his trial, jurors were told how the brothers worked together to the source, which was utilized in the bombing.

On 17 March, he was found guilty of twenty-two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder – encompassing the remaining injured – and conspiring to cause explosions.
Abedi would be eligible for a whole-life sentence had he been over the age of 21 at the time of the bombing, the court has heard.

Mr. Justice Jeremy Baker the judge for the case said it had been a “matter for Parliament who passes legislation which prevents the court from creating a whole-life order within the circumstances of this case”.

The Old Bailey was told a number of the victim impact and witness statements shouldn’t be read in open court, but instead, be considered by the judge privately.

Survivor Claire Booth broke down in tears as she read her statement in memory of her sister Kelly Brewster, 32.


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