'Lonely hearts' couple guilty of plotting Isis inspired bomb attack

Lonely hearts couple guilty of plotting Isis inspired bomb attack

Lonely hearts couple guilty of plotting Isis inspired bomb attack

The 36-year-old, who had spent time living in Sudan before coming to the United Kingdom, contacted pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan, who advised Mohammed using her knowledge of chemicals.

The CPS explained to the jury how the pair's exchanges showed they supported Daesh's goal to spread fear through terrorism and that Mohammed was prepared to carry out a "lone actor" attack.

The court heard how when Mohammed was arrested in December 2016 he had two of the three components for TATP explosives as well as manuals on how to make bombs, mobile phone detonators and deadly ricin poison.

He couldn't gain asylum after two years in the United Kingdom, and worked at a factory in Derby making sauces for supermarket ready meals.

Mohammed, who had arrived in Britain and claimed asylum in February 2014, was described by Det Ch Insp Paul Greenwood, who led the investigation, as "an extremely unsafe terrorist".

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard how Mohammed, who arrived in Britain in the back of a lorry, had pledged allegiance to ISIS and had expressed willingness to participate in "a new job in the UK".

As their romance blossomed, El-Hassan used her expert knowledge of chemicals to help Mohammed gather the ingredients needed to make a bomb.

The couple first got in touch with each other in March 2016 and on her dating profile El-Hassan wrote: "I am looking for a man I can vibe with on a spiritual and intellectual level".

Mohammed begged the ISIS commander to send bomb making instructions and downloaded a video on how to make ricin, a highly toxic substance derived from castor beans.

"This then rapidly escalated and El Hassan, a qualified pharmacist, readily passed on her knowledge to Mohammed giving him the technical assistance he need in preparing for a terrorist attack".

Just before his arrest, he was seen on CCTV buying "acetone free" nail polish in Asda, wrongly thinking it was used to make TATP.

Mohammed also researched pressure cookers and bought hydrogen peroxide, which was found in a wardrobe, and hydrochloric acid, which was found in the freezer.

Mohammed denied trying to make a bomb, saying the chemicals were to clean his vehicle and treat a burn.

Judge Michael Topolski said Mohammed, 36, had been "planning an explosion to kill and maim innocent people in the cause of Islamic State".

Sudanese asylum seeker Hassan Mohammed, 36, and chemist Rowaida El-Hassan, 33, met on the dating site SingleMuslim.com early previous year and she declared her undying love before they met face to face.

They are set to be sentenced February 22 and face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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