EDL bomb hoax message jury fails to reach verdict
- 24 January 2013
- From the section Bristol
The jury in the case of a taxi driver who sent a message to the English Defence League (EDL) saying its march in Bristol was going to be bombed, has failed to reach a verdict.
Sakander Mahmood, 26, of Firth Park, Sheffield, admitted sending the group a hoax message through its website.
But he told Sheffield Crown Court he never meant it to be taken seriously as a threat.
The father-of-five denied communicating a hoax bomb threat with intent.
'Just a laugh'
Mr Mahmood had sent a message which read: "14th July in Bristol, You are getting bombed."
He told the jury he wanted to "to get under their skin a bit" but thought the EDL would ignore his message.
When arrested, he told police he sent the message on 10 July last year "just for a laugh".
After deliberating for five hours following a two-day trial, the jury told the judge, Recorder Andrew Dallas, they could not agree on a verdict.
Recorder Dallas discharged the jury and ordered prosecutors to decide within seven days whether Mahmood should face a retrial.
Mr Mahmood was given bail.