School caretaker ‘found with letter bomb factory in his bedroom’
(Daily Mail) A primary school caretaker who terrorised a string of companies with letterbombs did it to protest against “an overbearing and over-intrusive surveillance obsessed society”, a court heard yesterday.
Miles Cooper, 27, left eight injured after sending bombs packed with shards of glass or a nail to firms with links to CCTV, DNA-testing, speed cameras and the London congestion charge.
Of the seven devices sent in January and February this year, five exploded before police could intercept them.
Oxford Crown Court heard that Cooper’s victims had been left with permanent hearing loss, shrapnel wounds and psychological problems.
Prosecutor John Price told the jury that police found a ‘bomb factory’ in Cooper’s bedroom at the home he shared with his mother and younger sister in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire.
Mr Price said Cooper “didn’t really care who was hurt” by the “maliciously and indeed sadistically conceived” parcels, “so long as someone was”.
Cooper pleads not guilty to eight charges of causing injury with an explosive substance, two of using explosives with intent to disable, and counts of making and possessing explosives.
Michael Wolkind, defending, said: “It doesn’t provide Mr Cooper with a defence, but his motivation was to protest against an overbearing and over-intrusive surveillance obsessed society.”
He said it was up to the prosecution to prove Cooper intended to disable or injure.
The case continues.
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