EDL bomb hoax message jury fails to reach verdict

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.

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